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There are a number of approaches to helping students organize their thinking and get the most out of textbooks. Some of the strategies, such as the SQ4R process (opens in a new window), are useful in upper elementary, middle, high school, and college levels.

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Also, having the students complete simple text summary activities can help you get a better idea of which aspects of comprehension they find difficult. Our sister site, AdLit (opens in a new window), has several summary sheets (opens in a new window) available, as well as an excellent library of comprehension articles.

Finally, the Learning Strategies Database (opens in a new window) at Muskingum College’s Center for Advancement of Learning (CAL) has a very useful website. It has an extremely comprehensive listing of reading comprehension strategies applicable to both secondary and postsecondary instruction.

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