To orient oneself in a large group, now reaching the 3000 number, is formidable. Fortunately it is broken in smaller groups.
My advice for a new student would be to concentrate on the specific area of his/her task, and slowly, step by step, by asking questions of people on shift, searching on the net, get the necessary vocabulary for that task. A small notebook might help,for new jargon and concepts.
After about a month, expand the circle of "knowledge" to a similar group: if you have been working on the hadron calorimeter, find coffee company with electromagnetic calorimetry people, or the trigger group etc.
The data base will be expanding step by step. By the end of the year reading the technical report will not be an enormous task.
This post imported from StackExchange Physics at 2014-03-24 04:25 (UCT), posted by SE-user anna v