The inability to correctly interpret and understand wording greatly impacts their math reasoning skills and often leads them to making the wrong calculations and arriving incorrect conclusions.
Remembering and manipulating information and details in their working memory is another challenge some LD students face as they try to see the whole picture.
Slow processing of information, followed by frustration and anxiety, will often lead LD students to try and get through math word problems as quickly as possible – which is why they often jump straight into computations in their attempt to make it to the finish line as quickly as possible.
SQRQCQ is metacognitive guide the provides LD students with a logical order for solving math word problems.
The first step to solving a math word problem is to read the problem it in its entirety to understand what you are being asked to solve.
After you read it, you can decide the most relevant aspects of the problem that need to be solved and what aspects are not relevant to solving the problem. Once you have an idea of what you're attempting to solve, you need to determine what formulas, steps, or equations should be utilized in order to find the correct answer.
Many students slow down in Math problems, especially on long ones, because they may be slacking in the way they read the question; in many other cases, students do not bother to read the problem at all.
While reading the question intently, you develop at least a 'blueprint' of the solution in your head.
The SQRQCQ method is particularly useful for children with learning disabilities and can be used effectively in special education programs.
SQRQCQ is an abbreviation for Survey, Question, Read, Question, Compute, and Question.