The SQ3R Reading System

Good Strategy
Hala Diab, College Freshman
Crafton Hills College, Yucaipa, CA

What made me curious to read this topic is the word SQ3R in the topic title. I find it a good strategy for reading. It helps the reader to organize the information in a question-answer form. When you review the chapter, you just need to review these questions, and you will memorize the answers better because you form them by your own words for you own questions. It also helps the reader to concentrate more to find the answers. So it is a kind of objective reading.

Amazingly helpful system
Geoff Gallagher, College Freshman
Chemeketa C.C., Salem, Oregon

The SQ3R or Survey, Question, Read, Recite and Review reading system is a extremely helpful strategy for reading, and more importantly, comprehending text books. Using these steps helps you to break down large chunks of information, such as whole chapters, into more reasonable and organized steps. When you perform each step in order you start to get a larger picture of the information and the important points that the author is trying to convey. I find this a very effective and helpful system which I try and apply whenever possible.

SQ3R: From Paper-based Print Reading to Online Reading
Yuanzhong Zhang
Florida State (Community) College System/University of Arizona, Florida/Arizona

SQ3R, which stands for Survey, Question, Read, Recite, and Review, is one of the most widely applied study-reading strategies in academic settings. It can be viewed as consisting of three stages of reading development: pre-reading, reading, and post-reading. The activities of S (Survey) and Q (Question), which occur typically prior to the reading the lines of the text, focus on skimming and scanning of the overall structure and organization of the text, and the formulating of guiding questions of comprehension. Read refers to the processing of the information and meaning of the text in question. The step of Recite, as part of the post-reading activities, pertains to verbalizing the answers found during the process of Reading to the questions raised in the activity Question. Last but not the least, the activity of Review serves the purpose of reinforcing the memorization of the key information of the text read.

SQ3R is a strategy that can be applied across the curriculum including not only language arts/reading and English composition, but also psychology, sociology, math and sciences. As more and more online learning resources are incorporated in the present-day college curriculum, SQ3R designed originally for reading paper-based print materials is being customized to accommodate the needs of online learning. For example, while it is recommended in the article that learners \"(w)rite the question in the margin of your textbook.\" (, online tools provide learners with more choices as alternatives to the sole option of hand-writing the study question down in the specified location of the printed text. One way that I commonly employ for note-taking while reading online is to generate and save a pdf. copy of the text, and then insert the guiding question into the text through the menu of typewriter in the Adobe Acrobat Pro.


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