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Using Questions to Test Your Understanding The handouts “Using the SQ3R Method of Reading Textbooks” and “Taking Effective Notes from Lectures,” provide strategies for understanding course content. These strategies include creating and answering your own questions to test your understanding of the material. This handout gives examples of the types of questions you can create. If you want to know a person a definition an example an amount a time a place the types of something the parts of something of . . .? (a concept, system, or object) causes and effects why does/did . . . occur? what is the cause of/reason for . . . ? what causes . . . to occur? how does . . . affect . . . ? what is the effect/result of . . . ? what results when . . . occurs? if . . . occurs, then what will happen? if … changed, then what would change? what does theory X predict will happen in situation Y? how does . . . function? how does process X occur? then ask who is/was . . . ? who does/did . . . ? what is the definition of . . . what does . . . mean? what is an example of . . . ? how much/many of . . . ? when does/did . . . occur? where does/did . . . occur? what are the types/kinds of . . . ? what are the parts/sections

how a system or process works

. you will be able to generate specific questions that express that relationship. and . . . different from . . . ?” If you can determine the general relationship. such as       examples that explain a general concept the types that fit under a general category causes and/or effects the steps in a process the similarities and/or differences between two or more things the reasons that support an opinion If you are having difficulty thinking of specific questions to ask. . ? how is . . “What is the relationship between . . . .how two or more things are the same how two or more things are different the nature of problem/conflict/issue X what are the steps in process X? how is . . . ? what is the problem/conflict/issue? what hypothesis/theory explains X? who is involved? what are the causes? what are the effects? on whom? what are the advantages? what are the disadvantages? what is the best solution/resolution? why? what should or should not happen? why? what is this person’s opinion? what evidence/reasons/examples does this person use to support his or her opinion? how does this opinion compare with the opinion of other experts in the field? someone’s position on an issue Many of the above questions are questions of relationship. . begin with the general question. similar to .