he "SQ3R" method is probably the first truly systematic approach to studying a textbook; it is also one of the best. Francis P. Robinson, a well-known psychologist from Ohio University, developed it and coined its name.
The "SQ3R" method of studying a textbook enables you to plunge into a reading assignment easily and fairly quickly. It provides an active approach to a previously passive experience.
Our next three blogs will be exploring this method as we look at what S, Q, 3, and R mean.
"S" is for SURVEY
1. Examine the title of the chapter you are to read. This is a good clue to the chapter's general content.
2. Read the introduction or introductory paragraphs. This is where the author presents the topic, the major problems to be discussed, and sometimes the ways these questions will be answered.
3. Skim through the chapter looking for pictures, charts, graphs, and topic headings. As you do this, you should become aware of a general outline the author used in writing the chapter. This skimming also provides you with an idea of how long the material is and about how much time you will need to read it.
4. Read the summary or concluding paragraphs. Here the author presents the major conclusions of the chapter. Sometimes a brief summary is provided.
5. Remember—skimming does not replace careful reading. It is just the first step in an effective study system.