• Most of us read regularly as part of our jobs, and to developour skills and knowledge. •But do we ever read what should be a useful document, yet fail to gain any helpful information from it?
What do you want to know?•Before you start reading anything, ask yourself why yourereading it. Are you reading with a purpose, or just forpleasure? What do you want to know after youve read it?•Ask yourself whether the resource meets your needs, andtry to work out if it will give you the right amount ofknowledge. If you think that the resource isnt ideal, dontwaste time reading it.
How to Study the Material•If you need a moderate level of information on asubject, then you can scan the text. This is when you readthe chapter introductions and summaries in detail. You canthen speed read the contents of the chapters, picking outand understanding key words and concepts.•Only when you need full knowledge of a subject is itworth studying the text in detail.
So we have to distinguish three modes of reading:Skimming ,Scanning and Intensivereading Depending on the purpose of their reading, readers choose between either of three modes of reading..
SkimmingIt’s a mode of fast reading which is used to get a fastgeneral impression of what a text is about.You may look through the text and focus attention onsubtitles, headlines, content keywords, or prominent textfeaturesWriters often use such features to highlight what theywant to say.
ScanningIt’s a mode of fast reading which you use if you start with apredefined set of keywords and want to find out if a given textprovides information on them. You look through the text and search for passages whichcontain your keywords.
Intensive readingIt’s a mode of reading in which readers focus on afairly comprehensive understanding of a given textthe readers take a text, study it line by line, and refer at verymoment to the dictionary about the grammar of the textitself.