The return of routine is around the corner, and with it a return to school, institute, university or any other center that includes study. Getting back into the dynamics of exam study hours and hours can be very difficult, but today we come to explain a method that will make things easier for you when you are at exam time.
The method is called SQ3R, but is also known as the “Robinson method”, due to its creator, Francis B. Robinson. This type of study was created in 1946 and designed for students, although today it can be applied to anyone who has an interest in a subject and wants to learn about it.
This method seeks to learn more effectively, in order to forget everything once and for all Impolar A complete syllabus, write it down for the exam, and remove it from our memory after a week. We will be able to keep fresh content and identify central ideas for reading. The name SQ3R stands for: check (survey), Asks (A question), is reading (is reading), repeat (reciting) and review (reconsidering).
This is the first step and the one in which we will spend the least time: only 10 minutes. Consists of having a file first approximation to the subject we want to learn, and is achieved by quickly reading some items such as index, headings, sub-headings, and highlights.
With this first look, we will get a global idea about the content. In this way we will be able to form a mental structure of the content so that it makes more sense when we have to read it and retain the information.
At this point we will move on to ask questions About what we just read superficially. If something has raised doubts or you want to find out a fact in more detail, it’s time to put it down on paper.
The important thing is that everything is written in the form of a question, so that we know what information to look for in the text and be able to answer our questions.
In this step we will move to Active Reading and text details. No need to rush, it’s time to focus on what you’re reading and try to answer all the questions you asked yourself in the previous step.
It is convenient to read it at least twice to better settle the concepts. If there is a part that you cannot understand, re-read it so that you can understand it better.
In this fourth stage, we will try to talk about everything we remember from the text. The point is, you don’t read the notes and that Explain in your own words what I read. When you can unravel a concept in your own way, that’s when you really understand it.
In addition, you can prepare important questions about the topic to answer on your own, as well as make a general summary to increase understanding and better retention of concepts.
This is the longest stage of the method to which we must devote more days. This would be the right time for that Consolidating everything we’ve learned. We will re-read the text and review all the notes we have so that there is no doubt that it has been resolved. This way we will have all the concepts in our memory after a few days.
There are two additional stages, initially, that are not included in the method, but can be added to better hold everything learned:
- RegisterWrite down the main ideas of everything you studied. You can make a concept map, if that is easier for you.
- reflect: This stage relies on reflecting on what we have learned in order to make a critical judgment about it. We can also relate it to the prior knowledge we have on the subject.
Do you dare to use the SQ3R method in the next cycle?
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