This step-by-step approach helps you get the most out of your
reading assignments. The benefits of SQ3R include improved comprehension
and retention of material.
1. Survey: Carefully pre-read the chapter.
Look at the title, introduction, subtitles, boldface and italics,
graphs and diagrams, summary and/or conclusion, and questions
at the end of the chapter.
2. Question: Reading is a thinking process;
inquiry makes you an active reader. Formulate questions before
you read. Hint: Convert titles, subtitles, etc. into questions.
WRITE THESE DOWN!
3. Read: Thoroughly read the chapter and fill
in the answers to your questions as you go along. Important:
Read for meaning, not only the answers! Write down any information
you sense is important.
4. Recite: Talk to yourself! Read your questions,
answers and notes out loud. Go over key ideas and new terms using
your own words. Be aware of any answers or information that don't
seem quite clear.
5. Review: Reread these notes, not only the
night before an exam, but as often as possible! Frequent review
enables you to better retain the material and will save on study
BE FLEXIBLE! At first go through SQ3R step-by-step,
and later alter it to suit your own purposes and style.