Just as you have a writing process (which you are covering in your Composition course) you also have a reading process.
- Seek a quiet space
- Drink or eat before/while reading
- Have a plan for what to read
- Have you given yourself enough time to read what you have planned
- Do you read more than once
- Take notes - document ideas on reading
You will also have a process in taking effective notes both in class and at home after you've done the reading.