One of the things that students show grave concern about is failure. This is because its consequences are as good as bad. They could be demeaning, ugly and sometimes disastrous. However, there are ways to weave one’s fortune around the odds.
This article is written to help you read and pass your next exams. So, rob some more time and patience to read this piece to the end.
The SQ3Rs is one, if not the best way of reading, not just to understand, but also to pass any exam you sit. As traditional as it is, several testimonies are testament to the fact that it is a potent antidote to failure.
What is SQ3R? Basically, it is a before, during and after sequential approach to reading that is designed to help students overcome the burdens that come with personal studying.
The S in the sequence stands for SURVEY. It is the first pre-reading strategy for reading. It involves skimming titles, subtopics and general outline of the text. Here, you get to have an insight into what the discourse is all about. Your purpose for reading and expectations after reading.
After a quick survey, what comes next is QUESTION. Based on your prior knowledge of the topic, you begin a journey of self-inquiry on the purpose and goals that have been melted out in the first step. This is the second and last pre-reading strategy.
Now, the 3Rs. While the first R represents the during the reading process which is the actual reading, the remaining Rs (RECITE and REVISE) are the after reading processes.
When you READ, you immerse yourself in the pool of information hidden between the two covers of the text with an open mind. In the process, you correct certain impressions you have heard in the first two steps. You spot striking points and jot them somewhere for reference purpose. This is the juncture of real studying.
The second R begins the post-reading process. It stands for RECITE. Having read and digested the information in the text, cover your notes and try to recollect what you have just read. Speak loud and respond to your voicings, visualise those things and create a last memory of them in your memory.
The 3rd R represents REVISE/REVIEW. Now that you have attempted to recall all that you have read in step 3, quickly go over it all all over again, and see if you have made any mistakes in step 4. Make corrections if their is any and add some more notes if needed.
In all, having read to learn, to unlearn and to relearn, it is important that you grow some level of confidence and belief in yourself as you walk into the exam hall. Reading can never be enough, that is why we don’t stop learning until after death. However, this faith will help you fight your fears and come out triumphantly.
Keep it on, don’t stop reading.
Best of luck in your next exam(s)!