Method of Studying
Posted on: March 17, 2011. Comments ( 79 )

Author: Uma, Parent of SBOA School & Junior College.

The SQ3R method
The SQ3R method has been a proven way to sharpen study skills. SQ3R stands for Survey, Question, Read, Recite, Review. Take a moment now and write SQ3R down. It is a good slogan to commit to memory to carry out an effective study strategy.

  • Survey - get the best overall picture of what you’re going to study BEFORE you study it in any detail. It’s like looking at a road map before going on a trip. If you don’t know the territory, studying a map is the best way to begin.
  • Question – Ask questions for learning. The important things to learn are usually answers to questions. Questions should lead to emphasis on the what, why, how, when, who and where of study content. Ask yourself questions as you read or study. As you answer them, you will help to make sense of the material and remember it more easily because the process will make an impression on you. Those things that make impressions are more meaningful, and therefore more easily remembered. Don’t be afraid to write your questions in the margins of textbooks, on lecture notes, or wherever it makes sense.
  • Read - Reading is NOT running your eyes over a textbook. When you read, read actively. Read to answer questions you have asked yourself or questions the instructor or author has asked. Always be alert to bold or italicized print. The authors intend that this material receive special emphasis. Also, when you read, be sure to read everything, including tables, graphs and illustrations. Often times tables, graphs and illustrations can convey an idea more powerfully than written text.
  • Recite – When you recite, you stop reading periodically to recall what you have read. Try to recall main headings, important ideas of concepts presented in bold or italicized type, and what graphs, charts or illustrations indicate. Try to develop an overall concept of what you have read in your own words and thoughts. Try to connect things you have just read to things you already know. When you do this periodically, the chances are you will remember much more and be able to recall material for papers, essays and objective tests.
  • Review – A review is a survey of what you have covered. It is a review of what you are supposed to accomplish, not what you are going to do. Rereading is an important part of the review process. Reread with the idea that you are measuring what you have gained from the process. During review, it’s a good time to go over notes you have taken to help clarify points you may have missed or don’t understand. The best time to review is when you have just finished studying something. Don’t wait until just before an examination to begin the review process. Before an examination, do a final review. If you manage your time, the final review can be thought of as a “fine-tuning” of your knowledge of the material. Thousands of high school and college students have followed the SQ3R steps to achieve higher grades with less stress.

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Comments (79)


    G. Sriram says:

    How do you bring it as a thought process on day today reading of the kids.

    Rupali says:

    Do the following for Survey:
    -Preview what the chapter is about by:
    –Reading the introduction and conclusion
    –Reading any questions provided by the author—usually at beginning or end
    -Look at the problems at the end of the chapter
    -Identify and look up any new terms or theorems
    -Review any previously learned terms or eq

    Jaisankar says:

    Very Interesting & Good Article. Thanks

    Someswaran says:

    It was I used in my studies. Very much helpful in tender age. Become habit if u follow and u can get exciting benefits

    Deepthi says:

    It’s new and interesting. Thank you for sharing.

    Rajavelu Thirumavalavan says:

    Thanks; quite useful

    B. Basavanna says:

    Thanka you Madam/Sir.

    S.v.raghvan says:

    Good . Very useful & helpful …. Thank you

    Stanley says:

    Thanks for sharing.

    M.suresh says:


    Patel Munir says:

    pls send grammerook name

    Nilesh Bhurke says:

    very good this will help students.

    Thank You.

    Jojo Antony says:

    Good one..!

    Dillip Kumar Mohapatra says:

    Quite interesting

    Seenivasan.p says:

    Interesting and useful information

    A. Kumar says:


    Sujata S Shetty says:

    very useful and interesting article

    Alpa says:

    Very Interesting & Useful article for 9th and 10th Std. students.

    R.swaminathan says:

    Good, nice platform. Can u suggest for primary lvl kids as similar way.

    Bhaskaran. R says:

    Appreciated for sharing useful tips. Thanks a lot.

    Muthumari says:

    nice and useful thank you very much

    Nilesh says:

    Survey is good ,depends upon the topic too. ,sometimes survey seems to be difficult as it is time consuming process .
    Overall Article is good & helpful .

    Shailendra Singh says:

    Very interesting and useful article.

    Sonali Nilesh says:

    This is very good and helpful article. Thanks for posting it.

    S.arasumiyan says:


    Amourdavally says:

    It is a useful technique…….

    MADHURI says:

    useful information.thanks

    Elavarasu says:

    Useful information. Thanks

    Laxmi says:

    interesting and useful too.

    Laxmi says:

    Interesting and very useful article.

    Sonali says:

    very good method, but how you can implement in child? are there any methods available for this?
    thank you.

    Jaya Gopakumarmenon says:

    Your SQ3R method is phenomenal & interesting. Useful information for grown ups too. Thanks.

    Ramesh says:

    good, will try to inculcate

    Sangeeta says:

    Useful article.
    Could you tell me how i can develop this habit in the kid?
    What is the appropriate age for it?

    Lakshmi says:

    nice and very useful for all the students

    Alageshan Rangaswamy says:

    Excellent. I want my kids to read this and learn.
    Is there way students can read this article through Yokibu.

    Jayashree says:

    I will make my kids to follow SQ3R Method while


    Prasad Vishnu Nanavare says:

    pretty much interesting and usefull. Need to practice survey of pages at once. I think its just like reading a preface before reading any book to quickly know about the content or the subject we are goint to read in that perticular book. that helps us to get an actual idea of subject and we never loose the track of the subject, cause we already have set up our mind for the subject.
    Good note & helpfull.

    Rajani says:

    very useful,but explain how to do survey?

    Rajeswari says:

    Very useful. Thanks

    Shanmugam says:

    very useful to all,could u explain how 2 survey the tough subject.

    Nithyadevi says:

    Useful for all

    Annapoorni Iyer says:

    Well mentioned….

    Ian says:

    Could you suggest how I can get my 4 year old to survey a page?

    Pallavi Wadia says:

    Very much useful

    Manivelu says:

    good method thanks……….

    Dinesh Raja says:

    Dear Uma,
    Useful information, but please explain how to do survey if the subject is not clear

    Sethu Rajan says:

    Good article and it is one of the method to read the article.

    Sundar says:

    wonderful article and very useful one too

    Kamalakannan Vasavaiah says:

    Very useful article. Useful for grown ups too. Thanks

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