Before You Read

S: Survey

  • Read the introduction.
  • Briefly survey the entire reading selection.
  • Look at titles, headings, graphs, etc. 
  • Read the summary.

Q: Question

  • Turn headings and subheadings into questions- think: how, what, where, why and when.
  • Write these questions down and prepare to record the answers as you read.

While You Read

1st R: Read

  • Read each section with the intention of answering the questions you created.
  • Stay focused and alert as you read.
  • Look up unfamiliar words.
  • Reduce your speed for difficult passages.
  • Take the time to re-read passages that are unclear.
  • Read only a section at a time and recite after each section.

After You Read

2nd R: Recite

  • Quiz yourself: answer your questions in your own words- preferably aloud.
  • Write your answers in your reading notes.

3rd R: Review

  • Regularly quiz yourself over your questions/answers.
  • If you get stuck, use notes/other materials to find and record correct answers.