An Adviser's Top Three Suggestions
- Balance and organize your reading. If you are not a strong reader, do not take too many courses in the same semester that have heavy reading requirements. Put your reading assignments on your calendar and plan to read “X” amount each day before the lecture or assignment due date.
- Adjust your reading pace and style to the content. Reading fiction for a literature class requires different techniques than reading a textbook for a social science or science class.
- Set aside a quiet, comfortable reading spot and develop a “system” for reading in which you consistently evaluate what you are reading to check your comprehension and ensure that you are learning the material. The SQ3R method in the websites below is one of the most popular.
Help on Campus
The best place to go on campus is the Learning Resources Center in 202 Bessey. They have several handouts on speed reading, reading comprehension, and reading skills for various disciplines as well as reading skills related software. They also offer several reading seminars and workshops each semester and will see students on an individual basis for assistance with reading skills development.
Help on the Web
This link will download a pdf file, created by Long Beach City College, that explains the steps - Preview, Read, Recall - that can make reading textbook material a worthwhile study experience.
Try out this very popular, successful method of reading. This Virginia Tech site gives very clear, concise suggestions on how to utilize this method.
Different subjects require different reading techniques. This website gives tips for analyzing and synthesizing text material for better comprehension of scientific texts. .