So you have a lot of reading to do and you aren’t sure how to get it all done. One method that I suggest trying to use is known as the SQ3R Reading Method. This will help you when recalling information whether for tests/quizzes or discussion posts.
So what does the SQ3R Reading Method involve?
Step 1: Survey
Read chapter title, headings, subheadings, and captions to get a feel for what the chapter is going to tell you.
Read the study questions so that you can know what concepts to look out for in your reading.
Step 2: Question
Ask questions about the title, headings, subheadings, and captions.
What do you know about the subject already?
What do you need answered for the assignment/exam?
What will you be doing with the information (e.g. write a paper, take a multiple choice quiz)?
Step 3: Read
Read actively and look for main ideas/themes.
Try to answer questions you had asked previously.
Read all underlined, italicized, boldfaced words/phrases.
Step 4: Recite
Stop throughout and summarize each section.
Try to explain what the section was about to someone else/or
Connect current material to material you have learned before.
Write questions you may still have so that you can ask your professors and/or peers.
Write answers to your questions that you had in the Question step.
Step 5: Review
Look over the outlines or notes you made in your textbook/notebook.
Study the main ideas to keep information fresh.
Quiz yourself! Make practice test questions from your notes.