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Creating Good Study Habits Using SQ3R By Jolene Pfingsten February 14, 2004
SQ3R • A reading strategy directly taught • Develops study skills • A life long skill that aids in reading comprehension
S = Survey Look over whole chapter BEFORE reading: • Skim headings and subheadings • Look at pictures, charts, maps, graphs, and read information under each • Read chapter introduction, new words, and summary • Read chapter questions if any
Q = Question • Write down any chapter questions you will need to answer • Put them aside and answer them later • List new vocabulary words to define • Be ready for T-notes • Turn headings into questions • Use chapter questions to help using “who, what, when, where, why and how” words
R#1 = Read • Just concentrate on the reading!! • After each paragraph, ask: • What is the main idea? • What are important details about the main idea?
R#2 = Recite This is a very important step! After reading each paragraph take a few seconds to think about what you have read: • Talk out loud • Oral note taking • Highlighting • Underlining
R#3 = Review Try to remember what was in each section of the lesson: • What were the main points? • Now answer the chapter questions • Define vocabulary (use t-notes)
Your Study Area • Quiet • No television or interruptions • Well lit • Organized with all materials needed • Comfortable temperature
Study Time • Schedule a regular study time • Right after school • While information is still fresh • Get into the habit of studying each day • Don’t wait until the last minute or “cram”
Set Study Goals • Be realistic! • Select the length of time you will work • After 50 minutes, take a 10 minute break • Decide how much material you will cover • Stick to your set goals!
Resources: • www.clip-art.com • www.gifart.com • www.flamingtext.com • SQ3R study strategies at http://www.ucc.vt.edu/stdysk/sq3r.html • Improve Your Study Skills at http://caps.unc.edu/TenTraps.html