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Reading college textual materials is different from reading romance novels, newspapers, or magazines. Reading must be productive. You are in college now, so the task of reading to remember is critical. Read, read, and read; in order to know, remember and utilize in tests and your future career.

Step one may involve changing some style. Let’s see.

SQ3R is the abbreviation and the words are:

Survey, Question, Read, Recite, and Review.

SURVEY: Rather quickly establish what is the overall content of the chapter or textual material, and do this before reading it. Locate only major ideas. Look for Topic sentences, headings, and the summary or concluding paragraph. Remember: survey. Read only to locate the basic ideas of the chapter and author. This is a short task.

QUESTION: As you survey, you can create questions of your own, as well as read those of the author. Turn each header or topic sentence into a question. Look for the purpose of this section and information. Be ready to answer the questions.

READ: Read with care to find the information that answers the questions concisely. Streamline your answers so you eliminate trivial information. As you get the answers, smile!

RECITE: Between subsections or paragraphs, talk out loud about the material you just read. List the items, spell the unique words or names. Repeat the phrases. Use your own words as you understand meanings for newly learned words. Make some nice noise about what you are learning!

REVIEW: After you have completed a chapter, review the material. Re-read your notes to identify, again, the major idea of the chapter and the relationships of materials. Test your memory of each important concept one more time. Cover the notes and repeat the information out loud.

Finally, read dramatically, and with many “voices” and never in monotone!

For more information and assistance, contact Student Support Services using one of the methods below. Let’s find ways to help you become your academic strongest!


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TRIO is Educational Opportunity for First Generation, Low-Income, and Disabled Americans.

Our nation has asserted a commitment to providing educational opportunity for all Americans regardless of race, ethnic background or economic circumstance.

In support of this commitment, Congress established a series of programs to help low-income Americans enter college, graduate and move on to participate more fully in America's economic and social life. These programs are funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and are referred to as the TRIO Programs (initially just three programs). While student financial aid programs help students overcome financial barriers to higher education, TRIO programs help students overcome class, social and cultural barriers to higher education.

Southwestern Community College hosts two of the TRIO Programs:

For more information visit the national TRIO programs site.

Reading To Remember
Reading college textual materials is different from reading everyday literature. Here are some tips for learning how to retain what you read using the SQ3R method.

Test Taking Tips
(courtesy of Southwestern's assessment center)

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1501 W. Townline St. 
Creston, IA. 50801
641.782.1360

Fall/Spring Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon-Fri
Summer Hours:  7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Mon-Fri

Information collected on this form is for TRIO Student Support Services program use only and is in no way connected to any decisions that will be made about your admission status at this college. This is not a general admission application form.

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