PQRST Method

A method used to focus on information while studying from books uncritically is the PQRST method. The PQRST method prioritizes this information in such a way that it relates directly to how they will be asked to use that information in an examination. It is an abbreviation for Preview, Question, Read, Summary, Test.

  • Preview – The student first takes a look at the topic to be learned by skimming over the major headings or the points within the syllabus.
  • Question – The student then formulates questions to be answered after which a thorough examination of the topics or topics is done.
  • Read – The student in this stage reads through the material provided, focusing on the information that relates best to the questions that were formulated earlier.
  • Summary – The student summarizes the topic, bringing in their own understanding of the process. This can include spider diagrams, flow diagrams, written notes, labeled diagrams, voice recordings, or mnemonics.
  • Test – The student then proceeds to answer the questions drafted before, avoiding adding any questions that have the potential distract or change the subject.

There are a lot of studies from different colleges all over the world that show peer communication can help improve better study habits tremendously. One study even showed that there was an increase of 73% in scores on average by those who were enrolled in the classes surveyed.


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