Skimming and scanning speed reading techniques

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Skimming and scanning speed reading techniques

  1. 1. Skimming and Scanning Skimming and scanning are two specific speedreading techniques, which enable you to cover a vast amount of material very rapidly. These techniques are similar in process but different in purpose.
  2. 2. SKIMMING Is a method of rapidly moving the eyes over text with the purpose of getting only the main ideas and a general overview of the content. Skimming can usually be accomplished at about 100 words per minute. Process 1. 2. 3. Read the title .- it is the sortest possible summary of the content Read the introduction Read the firts paragraph completely
  3. 3. 4. 5. 6. Read the subheadings and stablish the realationship among them. Read the firts sentence of each remaining paragraph. Dip into the text looking for:       7. Clue words that answer who, what, when, why, how. Proper nouns Unusual words, especialy if capitalized Enumerations Qualifying adjectives (best, worst, most, etc.) Typographical cues: italics, boldface, underlining, asterisks, etc. Read the final paragraph completely
  4. 4. SCANNING Rapidly covers a great deal of material in order to locate a specific fact or piece of information. Scanning is very useful for finding a specific name, date, statistic, or fact without reading the entire article.
  5. 5. PROCESS 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Keep in mind all the times what it is you are searching for. Anticipate in what form the information is likely to appear Analize the organization of the content before starting 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.
  6. 6. In scanning, you must be willing to skip over large sections of text without reading or understanding them.  Scanning can be done at 1500 or more words per minute.  http://www.aacc.edu/tutoring/file/skimming.pdf

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