Strategies For Succes

SQ3R – The Study Technique Which Gives You Purpose For Reading

S = Survey 

Determine the structure or organizations of the chapter

1. Think about the title. Guess what will be included in the chapter

2. Read the instruction. The main ideas will help you understand or make sense of the details.

3. Read the main-headings (boldface type). Here are the main ideas.

4. Read the summary. Here is the relationship among the main ideas.

5. Read the questions at the end of chapter. These will help you to identify important parts of the chapter.

Q = Questions

Turn each heading and subheading into a question. Especially while you are practicing this this technique, write the questions down. This gives you a focal point for cyrstalling a series o fideas (the answer). You are looking for something rather than simply looking at words. Take one section at the time. Keep answer brief. Use your own words.

 R1 = Read

Read only that section, looking for the answers to your questions. Move quickly. Sort out ideas and evaluate them. If content does not relate to the question, give it only a glance. READ SELECTIVELY. 

R2 = Recite

Answer the question in your own words, not the author’s. Then write the answer using only key words, listings, etc. that are needed to recall the entire idea. Follow the above technique for each section of the chapter.

R3 = Review

Increase retention and cut cramming time by 90% by means of immediate and delayed review. See review notes under the heading “Taking Lecture Notes.” Try a variety of methods, such as: 3×5 cards, oral recitation, study groups.

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