Module 1: Part A – The PQRST Studying Method


Week 1 will involve a keen analysis and learning about the PQRST studying method, in terms of how the tool functions and what you can expect from it as a student as far as your results are concerned.

The tool has five keys that work hand in hand to see your studies being made more efficient.

  1. P – Preview
  2. Q – Questions
  3. R- Reading
  4. S- Studying
  5. T – Testing

I remember as a college student when this same method used to help me make the most of my time because it made it possible for me to study for a limited 45 minutes or 90 minutes in a particular study session. When applying this method, you have to try as much as possible to make sure that you have settled down very quickly and get to work without wasting time. Remember, this studying technique is not limited to a particular subject and can be applied to whatever subject you have set out to study for.


In your PQRST study session, you first start with a preview of the topic that you are about to study. This is very helpful because it paints a picture in your mind of what you are up against. It also gives you an overview of what you are about to study. The preview helps you as a student to get the objective of why you are studying that particular topic at that exact moment. To preview, you simply skim through the material you are setting out to study from beginning to the end, taking note of the topics, subtopics and sub-subtopics to be covered.


The second part is about your ability to create questions on the exact topic even before you start reading about it. It opens up your intellectual mind and challenges you as a student to think broadly on the possibilities of understanding that topic. As you start on this skill the best way of forming questions is through an overlook at the topics, sub-topics, and sub-sub topics. As a student, you can quickly form the questions or spend ample time to form in-depth questions that will help you to engage well with the topic.


Thirdly, you read through the content to first understand it and also to pick answers to the questions which you had formed.  A good reading practice is usually accompanied by note-taking. Document the answers to the questions you have formulated in the previous section in well-organized notes, highlighting the most important points featured in the content and writing them in a way you are most likely to remember.  Kindly allocate a conducive place where you shall be conducting your reading. I used to love spending time at the library because it created an ideal environment for immersive studying. But no two people are the same, so find a place that brings out the highest concentration out of you.


The fourth part involves studying the notes that you have written as you were reading through the text. You can decide to write summaries and facts about what you have just read.


Lastly, we have the part of testing yourself on what you have just read. Whether you have studied for 45 minutes or 90 mins, you will be able to test your knowledge through the TestIT-fyer quiz tool or the answering to the questions which you had formed.

All the best as you improvise on your studies with these skills and you shall see a gradual improvement.

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