SQ4R Study Strategy

By: Sahyra Lujan

What is SQ4R?

A study strategy that uses six steps to read and remember information. This strategy has become the most widely used study strategy. This study is effective because students do more than just read through the text. They slow down and move through the six steps.

Grade Level: 6-8

What does SQ4R stand for?

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  • Study Strategy: Remains the most commonly used tool for remembering information from texts such as textbooks.
  • Students create a mental framework so that students can get the maximum benefit from reading.
  • Engages the reader during each phase of the reading process

How to use SQ4R

  • Survey: Students preview the reading assignment. They skim headings, the introduction and the summary. They identify the main ideas and organize what they will read.
  • Question: Students turn all headings into questions. Reading to find the answer of your questions gives the students a purpose for reading the text.
  • Read: Students read the section to find the answers to the questions they have formulated.
  • Recite: Students recite from memory the answer to the question they have formulated and other important information they have read. They do this immediately after reading each section.
  • Relate: Students think about ways to link new ideas to what they already know about a topic
  • Review: After reading the entire assignment, students review they have read. They review the questions they have developed from each heading and also review the answers they have learned throughout the reading.

Common Core Standards

  • RL.6.2- Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgement
  • RL.6.5 – Analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, scene, or stanza fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the theme, setting, or plot.
  • RI.6.1 – Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
SQ4R: Strategic Reading
SQ3R Reading Method