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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
    • summary
    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?”

  • Ask yourself,

    “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
    • Reciting:

    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.

  • If you took notes while reciting,

    write questions for the notes you have taken

    in the left hand margins of your notebook.

  • Complete the form for a critical reading review
    • Page through the text and/or your notebook to re-acquaint yourself

    with the important points.

  • Cover the right hand column of your text/note-book

    and orally ask yourself the questions in the left hand margins.

  • Orally recite or write the answers from memory.
  • Develop mnemonic devices for material which need to be memorized.

    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.

  • Make additional flash cards if necessary.
    • 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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