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I will be a grad student in condensed matter theory starting this fall. As an undergrad, I did the basic physics and math courses as well as a few grad classes (qft, analysis, solid state physics etc.)
When I start reading research papers, I often feel overwhelmed because there is so much that I don't know and I find it hard to decide which points to gloss over and which points to spend time on and understand more thoroughly (which in my case, would probably require supplementary reading of textbooks or related papers)
What are some things to keep in mind while reading a paper so that:
I get a general overview of the paper and I more useful insights into parts
I can do the above reasonably fast (say, finish reading at least 1 paper a week for a start)
You don't have to be specific to condensed matter theory papers when you answer.