Pauk, W. (1974). How to study in college. Boston, Mass.:
Haughton Mifflin Co.
Study and Reading Methods
SQRRR method of reading
Surely one of the most important skills is reading, especially
comprehending what we have read. The key to learning is curiosity--a
desire to know. Thus, good reading methods focus on arousing our
curiosity, on activating our minds. Some minds are by nature probing
and inquiring, others must learn to be curious, to seek answers, to
intend to learn. The SQRRR reading method activates our minds:
S is for survey: look over the entire chapter to get the general
idea of what the author wants to tell you. See the importance
of the material.
Q is for question: ask yourself questions about each section
before you read it. Arouse your curiosity. Want to know the
author's major points.
R is for read: read with the intention of answering the
question and learning what the author has to say. Absorb all
R is for recite: stop after reading a page or two and recite
(repeat in your own words) what you have just learned. Make
the author's knowledge your own. The process of QUESTION,
READ, RECITE is repeated every page or two.
R is for review: after finishing the chapter, go back and
review what you have read. Review again in a few days and
right before an exam.
It takes a few weeks of determined effort and practice before the
SQRRR method becomes habitual. But once you learn to read with an
inquiring mind, you will realize the enormous advantage of this
approach over an inefficient or inactive mind.
To increase your concentration and comprehension of the
information you have read.
To reduce the daydreaming and inefficiency associated with
Note: this method is not designed for speed reading, which is another skill.