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)


    Yoga N Gowda says:

    Wonderful and workable guidance tips. All parents and students should follow them strictly to become toppers.

    Sheetal Mahajan says:

    these tips will definitely help the students,can I get more tips for studying maths.

    Kalaiyarasi K says:

    useful informations are shared here.

    is anybody conducting classes for story telling? ples share the addresses.

    Gopal S says:

    Thank you for the valuable information.

    Tania Im says:

    Good method.

    Shoma says:

    Olympiad cheques were sent on friday with the kids to school but it was not taken.Last date is 15th July. Kindly unde and submit on 18th july.

    Vinodini Singh says:

    very good information for parents and students

    Rakesh Surajbali Gupta says:

    V good information for the parents.

    Adrian C.p. Lambert says:

    very informative.

    Partha Pratim Ata says:

    I request at arrange 15 minutes lecture a group consists 15 students periodically for effective use of SQ3R method.

    Sailee says:

    Very fruitful info . nice updates.

    Raja says:

    Nice information.

    Neelima S says:

    Very informative and useful to ensure KID gets systematic reading approach.

    Senthamil Selvi C says:

    nice information. thanks

    M.sathish Kumar says:


    You can learn more from

    I see the article is taken from there..

    Viji says:

    Good updates about SQ3R, thanks

    Dr Reetha Dinesh says:

    Summarized well, Uma!!!
    Request all to go through this!!!

    The underperformers are normally ignored and the average or the below average are the ones who get compared, humiliated and pressurized by all. What many schools fail to do is to provide equal opportunities to the average and below average students. These are the ones who need guidance and counselling to survive the constant comparison they face. They need motivation and encouragement to consistently do well and just a simple appreciation such as saying ‘good job’ or ‘well done’ from their teachers and parents can do wonders to boost their self-esteem.
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    Rajavelu says:

    Thank You, Very useful. Have explained to my son to follow

    Hema says:

    Very useful


    Senthilmanohar.a says:

    Thank you for this tip..

    Khandoba Vishnu Vani says:

    Thanks for a useul & helpful imformation

    Shalini Sinha says:

    Superb idea, nice to know the good techniques. Thanks a lots.

    Adrian C.p. Lambert says:

    Very useful and helpful. Thanks a lot :-)

    Kishvar Jehan A says:

    Useful information for the parents and the students.

    Viral says:

    nice info thanks

    Mr.p. Thiyagarajan says:

    Dear Miss,

    Today, My Child had brought the “Art&Craft” competition sheet, where in an Art is to be colored.

    Kindly mention when is this colored drawing to be returned back to class.


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