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Academic Mentoring Resources: Reading Assignments

Reading Assignments

Use your metacognition skills (Plan, Monitor, Evaluate) for your reading assignments to minimize time and maximize learning by following the P2R (Preview, Read, Review) Strategy.

Video Produced by CrashCourse, 2017.

Plan | Preview

  • Previewing is not reading every word; rather, it is skimming a text for its main idea and supporting points. 
  • Note the title and look at the opening paragraph to identify the main idea.

  • Check the closing paragraph for a summary of the text’s main ideas.  

  • Identify each paragraph’s topic sentence to find supporting points.

  • Look for visual signals (bold text, images, tables, etc.) that might indicate important ideas in the text.

Monitor | Read

  • Read to find the main idea of the paragraph or important phrases.

  • Read in small chunks.

  • React to unclear passages, confusing terms, and questionable statements by generating questions.

  • Use context clues or dictionary for unfamiliar words.

  • Slow your reading rate down if you are missing the main idea.

Evaluate | Review

  • Create any of the following study aids to help you recall the information better:

    • draw a graphic organizer (concept map) that depicts the main ideas 

    • generate questions based off of your notes

    • write a summary

    • participate in a group discussion

    • reflect and write an explanation of how this material has changed your perceptions or applies to your life