Sq3R Study Method

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Surveying a Book

  • Read the preface to note purpose of book.
  • Read the table of contents to identify what the book contains.
  • Look through the book glancing at the headings and reading occasional sentences.
  • Read the summaries of the chapters.

Surveying a Chapter

  • Read the headings to note the organization of material, how topics go together, and to identify the main subject of each section.
  • Pay attention to order of headings. Main headings, side headings, and sub-headings tell you what topics are subordinate to the main topics.
  • Skim some of the sentences at certain points within the chapter. Look at pictures and charts.
  • Read the summary to obtain most important points of the chapter.