Don't forget to memorize the stuff I gave you in the summer packet. "Did you say memorize?" Why yes, yes I did!
So you know what to do. Survey the chapter, make an outline or mind map, answer the margin questions, come here to compare notes, meet with your study group, read it through holistically, answer the big picture questions. Don't forget to use the help on the foundations page; don't ignore the "big ideas" for the period and see how they are connected to this chapter.
The best way to approach this class and this book is to remember this is a story. This is the big story, the story of us. Think in those terms and things begin to fall into place quickly. Your biggest enemy is laziness. We all have that disease. But the sooner you work through that, accept that is part of being human, that there are no shortcuts, the faster you will make your breakthrough.