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The SQ3R method of textbook study has received widespread acceptance over the past 38 years. Not only is this system advocated and used extensively, at least 100 modifications for both general text study and specialized content field study have appeared in the literature. As a result of the acceptance of textbook study systems, a number of recommendations on how to teach the use of systems have appeared in methods text. This article will review the literature on; (1) prerequisite skills a pupil should develop prior to learning a textbook-study system, (2) teaching activities undertaken before introducing a system to a class, and (3) recommended procedures for teaching SQ3R.

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