Preview the Daf. Set yourself up for success.
In intro to the Daf, Rabbi Schwartzberg delivers a succinct overview of the main points of each Daf in 3 minutes or less.
Every Daf contains numerous essential points. Intro to the Daf is the roadmap of each Daf, complete with checkpoints. When you know the main points of the daf before you learn it for the first time you give yourself a roadmap to follow on the path to comprehension.