The SQ3R Reading Method

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By following this method, readers can retain more information and be better prepared for tests or quizzes.

SQ3R is a reading strategy which means:

Survey

Question

Read

Recite

Review

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Look at all maps, pictures, charts, and captions

Read the titles, headings, and subheadings

Look at review questions or any study guides

Question

Ask yourself, “what do I already know about this?”

Turn titles and headings into questions

Ask yourself, “what would my teachers say about this?”

Read

Write down the answers to questions as you find then

Stop and reread parts that are unclear or vague

Read aloud answers to questions to help you remember

Review

Reread notes written in your own words

Look at all highlighted or underlined sections

Orally recite notes from memory

Create flashcards with important dates, ideas, and vocabulary

Review answered study guides

Take an oral quiz with a friend or family member

Studies have shown that following this method helps with information retention, and prepares users to think critically about what they have learned.