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Skimming a text

Skimming involves reading a text very quickly and superficially in order to get a general idea of the content.

Why skim?

  • Locates key information, eg main points, quickly.
  • Saves time by avoiding reading unnecessary information.

Steps for skimming

  • Read for main ideas only (not details).
  • Read the introduction.
  • Read topic sentences (usually the first sentence in a paragraph).
  • Read the conclusion.
  • Read any headings.


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