WYNN Tip: Improving
Reading Comprehension Using WYNN and SQ5R
The SQ5R study
method enables students to actively study textbooks. This method
helps student's process, analyze and synthesize information, which
in turn leads to a better comprehension and mastery of the material.
This approach can be used with the tools on WYNN's Pink, Study Tools
- Before reading the actual chapter, read the introduction and summary
(if given). Skim through the chapter paying attention to topic headings,
bold-faced words, summaries, or key points. These can give you an
idea of the general structure and content before you begin reading.
Now, on the Pink Toolbar choose the Highlight Pen or Bookmark symbol
to mark key information.
- Set a purpose for your reading by developing questions about the
material. Use the topic and heading information you gathered in
the survey step to create questions to be answered. Begin asking
yourself who, what, where, when, why, and how questions. Questions
are most beneficial when they are general, covering main topics
and important points. Now use the Voice Note or Text Note on the
Pink Toolbar to ask your questions.
- Break the material into sections to read and re-read the material
section by section. Look for answers to your questions, identify
key concepts, and supporting details. Study charts, graphs, tables,
and pictures. These can serve to present new information as well
as tie together concepts from the reading. Listen to WYNN Read using
the Read button. Use the Dictionary to look up unfamiliar vocabulary
and Highlight and Bookmark key information as you read.
- After each section, think about the material you have just read
and answer the questions you have asked. This can be done at the
same time as the reading step, since often a response is automatic.
The main point of this step is to think about the material, and
take notice of what is important. You can use either the Voice Note
or Text Note to answer your questions.
- Go back and 'pull out' the main ideas. This can be done using
the Highlight or Bookmark feature. Using the List Feature you can
create a separate document of the isolated information. Now paraphrase
and summarize the key information using Text and/or Voice Notes.
(Do this after each section.)
- Next, look away from the material and try to recite the key information
and ideas using the Voice Note. Paraphrase in your own words and
go back and re-read until you feel comfortable with it. This may
be frustrating at first, but it will lead to better understanding
and save you review time in the longrun (Do this after each section).
- After completing the entire chapter, scan back over the reading
and review the information. Use the Voice Note to clarify and identify
overall themes and relationships between concepts. Make any necessary
revisions of your Highlights, BookMarks, Text Notes and Voice Notes
so they can be easily understood when you re-visit the key information.
Thanks to "Super
User" Gerard Montigny for sharing how he uses WYNN with SQ5R.