What to do when you can not remember what you just read?The next time you read a page and then realized you have no idea what you just read; go back to where you were doing well and look for a word or symbol you did not fully understand. It will probably be just at the end of where you felt you were doing well but could be earlier.
Just spotting the word or symbol will be a relief. In a good dictionary find the definition that applies to the context. Make sure you understand all the words in the definition or use an easier dictionary. Create sentences with this meaning till you really have the concept. You should also do this with all the rest of the definitions and the other data in the dictionary to fully understand the word. There are more details in the book Learning How to Learn
If this works for you; you can apply it in the classroom:
When the students start to look blank and not there; ask them what words they have not understood.
Provide word lists of all the words that might not be understood with definitions before each lecture.
I got this data from a book called Learning How to Learn.
How valuable is this data?
A father was worried his son might not graduate high school. His son had been put in a special school for students failing high school. The principal told the father that his son would be lucky if he graduated six months late. The father got the Learning How to Learn book for his son. Son reads the book and says: "So what dad!". He had his son read Learning How to Learn three times. The son gets out of the special school and enrolls in adult night school and graduates 1 month late. He also gets a job on his own. The father says, "My son has totally changed. I can not put in words what this means to me!"