Study Guides and Strategies
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SQ3R reading method
SQ3R is a reading strategy formed from its letters:
Survey! Question! Read! Recite! Review!
SQ3R will help you build a framework to understand your reading assignment.
Before you read, Survey the chapter:
- the title, headings, and subheadings
- captions under pictures, charts, graphs or maps
- review questions or teacher-made study guides
- introductory and concluding paragraphs
Question while you are surveying:
- Turn the title, headings, and/or subheadings into questions
- Read questions at the end of the chapters or after each subheading
- Ask yourself,
“What did my instructor say about this chapter or subject
when it was assigned?”
“What do I already know about this subject?”
Note: If it is helpful to you, write out these questions for consideration.
This variation is called SQW3R
When you begin to Read:
- Look for answers to the questions you first raised
- Answer questions at the beginning or end of chapters or study guides
- Reread captions under pictures, graphs, etc.
- Note all the underlined, italicized, bold printed words or phrases
- Study graphic aids
- Reduce your speed for difficult passages
- Stop and reread parts which are not clear
- Read only a section at a time and recite after each section
Recite after you’ve read a section:
- Orally ask yourself questions about what you have just read, or summarize, in your own words, what you read
- Take notes from the text but write the information in your own words
- Underline or highlight important points you’ve just read
The more senses you use the more likely you are to remember what you read Triple strength learning: Seeing, saying, hearing
Quadruple strength learning: Seeing , saying , hearing, writing.
Review: an ongoing process
- After you have read and recited the entire chapter,
write questions in the margins for those points
you have highlighted or underlined.
write questions for the notes you have taken
in the left hand margins of your notebook.
- Page through the text and/or your notebook to re-acquaint yourself
with the important points.
and orally ask yourself the questions in the left hand margins.
Make flash cards for those questions which give you difficulty.
- Alternate between your flash cards and notes and test yourself
(orally or in writing) on the questions you formulated.
- Using the text and notebook, make a Table of Contents – list all the topics and sub-topics you need to know from the chapter.
- From the Table of Contents, make a Study Sheet/ Spatial Map.
- Recite the information orally and in your own words as you put the Study Sheet/Map together.
- As you have consolidated all the information you need for this chapter, periodically review the Sheet/Map so that at test time
you will not have to cram.
Reading and research series
Reading critically | Pre-reading strategies | SQ3R reading method |
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