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  • Some students report that they do not keep up with their reading assignments, while others read but do not retain the information.
  • SQ3R is one of many strategies that help students:Identify the most important points quickly.Distinguish between main ideas and details.Situate information into memory.Comprehend information quickly.Review for exams efficiently.During this lecture think about how you can adapt this reading strategy to the reading assignments from various disciplines.
  • S= Survey the textTitlePreface, introduction, purpose, thesis, approachTable of contents, topics, subtopics, organizationChapter highlights, summaries, study questions, appendicesSample a paragraph from your reading assignment to determine how much time you will need for the entire reading assignment. Consider the following:Your purpose for reading the material.Your level of interest in the material.Your concentration span.The reading level and rate at which facts are presented.
  • WRITE these notes on paper, in sequence; then look over the notes to get an overall idea or picture.
  • What information do you hope to gain from reading the material?What do you already know about this topic?What do you think the author might say?
  • Several periods of study spaced over time will help you retain information more effectively than one long period of study just prior to an exam.
  • Pass out SQ3R SheetHave students make notations on each sectionTesting recall
  • S= Survey the AssignmentNow survey the assignmentsTitleIntroductionSub – headingsTopic sentencesIllustrations, charts, graphs, etc.Chapter summary, discussion questions


  • 1. Welcome to The Mobile Interactive Reading Unit(MIRU)*“Look” in Japanese
  • 2. Second Reading Strategy:Using the SQ3R Method
    SQ3R is a study-reading technique designed to help students effectively read their assignments, textbooks and tests.
  • 3. Here’s how you do it:
    Practice PracticePractice
    Survey a book
    Survey a chapter
  • 4. Survey
    Read the summaries at the end of the chapters and books.
    Read topical sentence and subtopical headings and sentences by critically skimming through the text.
  • 5. Here’s how you do it:
    Practice PracticePractice
    1. Turn each of the main points found in the introduction, headings, topic sentences, or summary into a question.
    2. Use these questions to guide your reading.
  • 6. Here’s how you do it:
    Practice PracticePractice
    Read the section you have surveyed using your questions as a guide.
  • 7. Here’s how you do it:
    Practice PracticePractice
    Restate the main points and supporting details in your own words while you read.
  • 8. Here’s how you do it:
    Practice PracticePractice
    At the end of your study period, review the material you have covered using your notes, outline, or marked portions of the text to see how much you can remember.
  • 9. SQ3R
    Survey. Question. Read. Recite. Review.
    Final Tips & Reminders:
    Note the differences in textbooks from discipline to discipline.
    Schedule reading time.
    Preview assignment.
    Read with a purpose.
    Write and talk to improve comprehension. Use your voice.
    Read in several short periods of time.
  • 10. You will not lose if you PRACTICE!
    Using the SQ3R Method students will:
    • Read faster
    • 11. Pick out important points
    • 12. Remember more
    • 13. Quiz questions will become familiar
    Students will often see immediate improvement in their comprehension and memory of reading assignments.
    The Reading Center will help you with your reading needs.
    Come see us in Building C Room 107
    give us a call
    at (213) 763- 3753.
    Thank you for your time.