SQ3R – A Reading/Study Strategy
SURVEY: (about two minutes) Skim the material quickly and
critically; attempt to identify the major ideas. Look at titles,
headings, captions, and words in bold or italic print. Look
over all illustrative material such as pictures, charts, maps,
and graphs. Read the summary at the end of the chapter.
QUESTION: (about two minutes) Make up your own questions by
rewording the major headings into questions. Read the
questions at the end of the chapter or at the end of each
section. (The reason you do this is to set a purpose for your
reading and to prepare your brain to anticipate answers to
READ: (at a comfortable pace) Read the assigned material
carefully, looking for main ideas and answers to your
RECITE: (more time should be spent on reciting than on reading)
Check to see if you really understood what you read by
reciting aloud and/or writing down in your own words the
questions and answers you have found. Summarize aloud
the material you have read.
REVIEW: (ongoing) Review the material for a quiz or test frequently.
Study your notes often. Reread sections of the material that
may still be unclear to you. Test yourself on the material.