The SQ3R (survey, question, read, recite and review) Method has been viewed as the essential study method for textbook reading for the last 40 years. The SQ3R Method requires students to survey, question, read, recite and review textbook material. Following this method allows students to use their memories to their full potential by creating a visual and auditory memory of the text as well as using repetition of the material as sort of a rote style of memory. It also has been proven beneficial for students to write out notes instead of highlighting them. Writing them out requires much morethought processing than the simple action of running a bright color over a few words. Students who utilize the SQ3R Method will also require less time studying for a final exam since most of the textbook material has been stored into long-term memory. By taking the additional time to study by taking the steps in the SQ3R method the information you retain continues to be utilized throughout your study time converting over from short-term memory into long-term memory. Once the information is stored in the long-term memory it because more easily accessible.
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