SQ3R stands for Survey, Question, Read, Recite, Review. It gives a structure to use when assessing texts. There are five stages to the strategy:
1. Survey – Look through the chapter title, introduction and headings/stand-out text. This gives an overview of the text.
2. Question – Turn the chapter title into a question that you will then be able to answer by reading the text.
3. Read – Read the chapter to answer the questions posed in stage 2. You may wish to make notes.
4. Recite – try to answer the questions from memory without referring to the text or your notes.
5. Review – Review the text by re-reading sections or looking over notes you have made.
Discuss the strategy with students and explain its purpose – to give more meaning and purpose to academic reading.
Ask students to read a text related to the session’s learning applying SQ3R. (You may wish to have two groups reading two different texts to discuss/compare the texts at the end of the task).
Put students in pairs/small groups to talk about the meaning of the text.
Have a plenary to discuss their findings.
If you use more than one text you may wish to have articles that contradict each other to generate discussion/debate.
With large groups, you can either run this as a solo activity and then put students into groups to discuss/ adjust their decisions or you could have small-group discussions which contribute to a whole-group activity of generating one list. You could use more than one text about one subject and each group contributes to form a jigsaw of an overall picture of the subject.
Students can appraise a text and able to discuss it in their studies.
You can use the texts read as the basis for some writing in class.
This is also in The BIMM Study Skills Guide
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