Copyright © 2015 School-Connect® Developing Self-Awareness and Self-Management Module 2
The PQRST Study Method
The PQRST Method. This ﬁ ve-step process helps you synthesize reading materials and prepare
for a test. Begin this process several days before the exam.*
1. Preview: Look over the course syllabus, your written notes, and the headings and sub-headings of
the assigned reading. This provides an overview of the content and concepts you will be studying.
2. Question: Develop a list of questions
❑ created from the headings and subheadings in the reading
❑ discussed in class
❑ provided at the ends of chapters
❑ given on the study guide (if one is provided)
❑ in the left-hand column of your class notes
3. Read: Read the assigned reading and your written notes and look for answers to your study
questions. Headings and subheadings should help guide your search. Keep an eye out for other
information to add to your list of questions. Reﬂ ect on what you read, and connect new material
to what you already know.
4. State: In your own words, say aloud and/or write down the answers to your study questions.
5. Test: Answer your study questions without looking at your notes or reading, and then check to
see if your answers were correct and complete. Your brain needs time to absorb and apply new
information, so test and re-test over several study sessions.
Tips for Taking Tests
Read over the following list. Check the tips you already use in taking a test. Circle the tips you will try.
Then share with a partner.
Read the test directions carefully. What are you being asked to do?
For multiple choice items:
1. Read each answer choice before marking your answer.
2. If you are not sure of the answer, read the choices again. If you are still not sure, move on to the next
3. After answering the questions you are sure of, go back to any you skipped.
4. Eliminate the answer choices that you know are wrong. Then choose your answer from the ones
When asked to ﬁ ll in blanks, substitute one of the choices into the blank at a time, and read the result-
ing sentences. Which one sounds right?
For essay questions, ﬁ rst jot down the main points you want to make, and use these as an outline for
your essay. Afterwards, read it through. Does your answer make sense?
*Adapted from: Staton, Thomas F. (1982). How to Study, 7th Edition. Nashville, TN