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7th Grade Language Arts / Lesson 1.4.1: SQ3R

Skills for Success

In this unit, we are going to learn new study skills and practice some old ones.
What will we be learning?

  • A strategy to make reading textbooks and other informational material easier to read and understand.

Reading Speed

  • Each type of reading has a different speed.

    1. An exciting novel that you are reading for fun can be read very fast.
    2. When you read a textbook, you're trying to understand and learn ideas, facts and information.

You need to read textbooks more slowly!

A Strategy for Reading Textbooks

The SQ3R method is one way to make textbooks easier to read and understand.

1.  Survey
2.  Question
3.  Read
4. Recite
5.  Review


  • Before beginning to read, get a general idea of what is in the chapter.

    1. Read the chapter title, introduction and summary.
    2. Read headings and sub-headings.
    3. Look at pictures, charts, and graphs and the captions that explain them.
    4. Read the chapter summary, if there is one.
    5. Review chapter questions or any study guides your teacher gives you.

Question While You Are Surveying

    1. Turn the title, heading and sub-heading into questions.

    2. Read questions at the end of the chapter or after each sub-heading.

    3. Ask "Who? What? Where? When? Why? How?"

    4. Ask yourself, "What do I already know about this subject?"

If it helps you, write these questions out!

Read the Chapter Carefully

  • Try to find the answers to questions you asked while you surveyed the chapter.

    1. Answer questions at the beginning or end of the chapter.
    2. Answer questions from study guides that your teacher gives you.
    3. Re-read captions under pictures, graphs & charts.
    4. Study charts & graphs.
    5. Note any underlined, italicized, or bolda printed words or phrases.
    6. Reduce your reading speeding for parts that are hard to read.
    7. Stop and re-read parts that you don't understand.
    8. Read only a section at a time and recite after you've read.


  • Stop reading after each section & try to remember what you read.

    1. Ask yourself questions about what your read.
    2. Summarize what your read in your own words.
    3. Take notes from the chapter, but put the information in your own words.


    4. Underline or highlight important points you've just read.
    5. Recite however suits you best, but remember, the more senses you use, the more likely you are to remember!

a) Triple strength learning = seeing + saying + hearing

b) Quadruple strength learning = seeing + saying + hearing + writing


  • Reviewing is not just something you do right before a test or quiz!

    1. Right after you finish reading your entire assignment review :

    a) notes you've taken
    b) questions you wrote down
    c) vocabulary words
    d) meaning of any new words you learned.

    2. Review as you work on homework assignments and practice questions.

    3. Review the next day by pretending you are trying to teach someone else about the material     you learned.