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Skimming, Scanning and Close Reading

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Ayesha Shahzad

on 5 October 2015

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Transcript of Skimming, Scanning and Close Reading

Skim It Scan It
Meaning: Reading a text quickly for an overview.
Uses: To get a rough idea of what a text is about.
How to do: 1. Pay attention to headings. 2. Focus on topic sentence
Distinguish between skimming, scanning and close reading and to practice these skills.
To enhance your vocabulary skills.
Steps of skimming a text
Read the title - it is the shortest possible summary of the content.
Read the introduction / focus on first line
If there are sub-headings, read each one carefully.
Read the first lines of every paragraph, they have the main idea, sometimes the last sentences are also very valuable.
Keep in mind at all times what are you searching for.
Anticipate in what form the information is likely to appear- numbers, proper nouns, etc
Will be able to distinguish between skimming, scanning and close reading and will be able to practice these skills.
Enhanced vocabulary skills.
Meaning: Searching for specific information.
Uses: To get the type of information that you are looking for.
How to do: 1. Look for numerical data 2• Look for words with capital letters
Skimming, Scanning and Close reading
Close Reading
Meaning: Reading in detail as you would read a comprehension passage in an assessment.
Uses: To get every detail in the text.
How to do: 1. Read every word. 2. Pay attention to grammar and punctuation. 3. Notice linking words and phrases.
Dip into the text looking for: 1.Clue words that answer who, why. what, when and how.
2.Proper nouns 3.Unusual words, especially if capitalized. 4.Enumerations.
Read the final paragraph completely.
Read the final paragraph completely.
If material is familiar or fairly brief, you may be able to scan the entire article in a single search. But if the material is lengthy or difficult, a preliminary skimming may be necessary to determine which part of the article to scan.

Let your eyes run rapidly over several lines of print at a time.
When you find the sentence that has the information you seek, read the entire sentence.
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