Ok, so I've been in extended absence for a while for a few reasons, but chomping at the bit to get back into delivering quality information hacks for our kids.
Today i'm revisiting something I was using a long time ago, and one that really is so fundamental to the early development of lifelong learning that it should be top of mind in all learning related endeavours.
SQ3R was development by Francis Pleasant Robinson way back in the 1940's in a book titled 'Effective Study'
It was developed for college students but can be applied in earlier schooling, and of course all the way through the rest of everybody's professional life.
SQ3R stands for the five steps that you should use when reading something that you want to imprint on your brain.
These five steps are:
Step 1: Survey
Start by skimming through your material to decide if and how it will be useful and to get an overview of the information.
For a book you might scan the contents, the introduction, some chapter introductions, and the chapter summary to get an overview of the material. Then, look at formatting of the text: bold words, italics, subheadings, boxed text. These tend to point to words or ideas that are important to the subject. Go over any images, maps, charts, and diagrams that are in the text.
Note: This step will give you a good idea if this information contains relevant information you are looking for if you are researching for a subject. If it doesn't seem to meet your needs, set it aside and keep repeating this step with other sources.
Step 2: Question
Write down questions that you may have about the subject. These are likely to be questions that you have from before looking at the material, as well as ones that form in your mind as you are going through it.
Write down what you want to find out from this information, where the interest is, and how this information might help you.
This step is actually quite a crucial one that many people skip or are completely unaware of. By forming questions you actively engage your brain and your memory and attention are primed to receive the information.
Step 3: Read
Now methodically read through your material one section at a time, writing down anything that you might not understand.
As you are reading, write down the information you need to remember in terms of questions. This restatement of information again actively engages the neural networks in your brain, helping to imprint what you are reading.
Step 4: Recall
Take time to go through your material, ask yourself the questions you have written down and try to remember the related information. At this time it is also useful to make connections with other information - think about how this relates to other information.
Step 5: Review
Review your notes, your questions, and the material itself.
Talk about the material with others, ask them your questions, get them to ask you their questions. One of the best ways to remember something is to teach it to others.
Reviews should be scheduled regularly at first .. daily for a few days, then after a week, then a couple of weeks, a month.
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