There are many versions of SQ3R that have been designed to help with reading and also with studying. The original idea was conceived by Francis Robinson* but you can adapt it to suit what you want to do.
Here we use it to help with reading.
SQ3R - five steps for better reading
Step 1 – Scan
Scan page or paragraph.
Just look at it quickly, notice headings, pictures, key words
Try to get an overall impression.
Step 2 – Question
Based on your overall impression, think up some questions that you might want answers to.
Who? When? Where? How? Why?
Step 3 - Read.
Now read the text carefully.
Try not to slow up too much for difficult words; their meaning may become clear as you read on.
Don't take notes at this stage.
Step 4 - Remember
Now test your memory. Without looking at the text, jot down the points that you can remember.
Step 5 - review
Now read the passage again.
Make some brief notes – you can use a mind map here if you want to.
Look away from the text and imagine you are trying to explain it to a friend.
Don't forget – you can adapt this to suit you – but make sure you have all five steps – otherwise it won't be SQ3R!
Pleasant, (1961, 1970) Effective study (4th ed.), Harper & Row,