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Survey, Question, Read, Recite, and Review!
The SQ3R is a textbook study system that may sound like an intricate and time-consuming process. However, in the long run, using such an approach to text reading will save you time. Even better, you will retain more of what you read. By learning and following the SQ3R system each time you read, you'll find that you can review rather than relearn when preparing for exams.
Survey: Glance quickly at the key parts of the book or chapter to get an overview of how the material is organized and developed. This helps you to grasp the main ideas before you begin actual reading and mastery of the details.
Question: Formulate questions about the chapter content based on your preview reading.
Read: Read actively with the questions you just formulated in mind.
Recite: Stop at the end of a section or chapter to test your recall. Half of your study time should be spent on this step because this is where the real learning takes place. Most forgetting occurs soon after learning, so immediate recall is important.
Review: Review the material periodically. This helps to fix the material in your memory, eliminating the need for last minute cramming and test anxiety. The most effective review comes soon after your initial learning.