Learning and teaching style

Friday, September 01, 2006

Improving Learning Effectiveness (Study Skills)

The SQ4R method of studying

SQ4R is a systematic method of reminding students how to learn from text with maximum effectiveness (Thomas & Robinson 1972). SQ4R involves:

1. Survey the text to see what it's about, what the headings and subheadings are, what the tables and figures say, so that you have a clear idea of what you are about to become involved in (see also overviews, p. 212).

2. Question: set yourself questions to answer from the text. Use the 'wh' questions to prompt: who? where? what? why?

3. Read the text, with a view to answering your questions.

4. Reflect on what you are reading: how does it relate to what you already know? how do the subtopics relate to the theme? how can you use this to solve related problems? can You think of anything that should have been covered to suit your needs?

5. Recite important information, facts, details, quotes, that you'll need to remember until you can readily recall it (see, rote-learning isn't all bad—it needs to be in context).

6. Review the material, particularly in light of your questions. Can you be confident that you'll be able to answer them in future?


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