SKIMMING AND SCANNING

SKIMMING AND SCANNING


  • Skimming refers to the process reading only main ideas within a passage to get an overall impression of the content of a reading selection. Skimming implies the search of the main ideas by means of the reading of the paragraphs firs and last one, considering other signals of organization, such as summaries, cised by the author.
  • How to skim
a).    Read the title
b).    Read the introduction or the first paragraph
c).    Read the first sentence of very other paragraph
d).    Read any headings and sub-headings
e).    Notice any picture, charts, or graphs
f).      Notice any italicized or boldface words or phrases
g).    Read the summary or last paragraph

  • Scanning is a reading technique to be used when you want to find specific information quickly. In scanning you have a question in your mind and you read a passage only to find the answer, ignoring unrelated information.
  • How to scan :
a).    State the specific information you are looking for.
b).    Try to anticipate how the answer will appear and what clues you might use to help you locate the answer. For example, if you were looking for a certain date, you would quickly read the paragraph looking only for numbers.
c).    Use headings and any other aids that will help you identify which section might contain the information you are looking for.
d).    Selectively read and skip through section of the passage

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