1. Purchase a Qur'an from any of the following websites if you do not already own a mus-haf (Qur'an script). Keep in mind how large the script you need, try to find a translation in your mother tongue and check whether the Qur'an travel size.
My mus-haf, Arabic Qur'an copy from Hajj courtesy of the Saudi gvt; this
My copy of Marmaduke Pickthall's translation from the 1930s
2. Make a quick chart as to when and how much you can read. Try to follow it. (Download suhaibwebb.com's Qur'an chart)
3. Make wudhu, be sincere, have at least a good grasp of reading Arabic if you do not fully understand it. (Learn Arabic online with Sunnipath.com)
4. Organise your Qur'an by chapters (suwar) and volumes ('juz) if possible. Use your learning styles to break down reading into chunks to just a few pages at a time.
Yes, this is how I've organised mine.
I had an exam on Surah Luqman which benefitted hugely from the planning (I passed, hamdulillah)
5. Dress modestly, clean, look and smell as though you're meeting Allah.
6. Find a quiet, clean, un-distracting location, or make a study room. Follow your chart and prevent all distractions from your phone to your family.
7. Begin with tawwudh (audho billahi min-nashaytan-nirajeem), open up to a chapter, where you left off from during the last readinf, or start with the shortest chapters towards the end.
8. Do more than just make eye contact. Listen to Allah's words. Make notes, look up words, read the tafsir.
Here's one I made earlier
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