Reading a textbook can be one of the most boring tasks you can get, you slowly lose focus, and you can not seem to remember anything after a while. One way we can help with this is by using the SQ4R method.
- Skim through the chapter before you actually read it. Look at the topic headings, figure captions, and summaries. Try to get an overall picture of what lies ahead.
- Reword each major topic heading into one or more questions.
- As you read look for answers to the questions you asked. Read in short bits.
- After reading a short bite, stop and write down a brief summary of the section. This will reveal what you do and do not know.
- Reflect on what you are reading.
- When you are done reading, skim back over the section or chapter, or read your notes. Then check your memory by quizzing yourself.