SQ4R Reading Strategy

SQ4R is a method that identifies the components of active reading and provides a guide for navigating among them. SQ4R prompts a reader to survey, question, read, respond, record, and review material.


This method can be used for reading any type of material at any stage of your research assignment.

To assist you in your reading, see the SQ4R Worksheet and Conquering Difficult Readings located in Resources. Watch a short video produced by the University of Ontario Institute of Technology’s Academic Success Centre for an example of how to use SQ4R when reading a textbook.