What is the difference between skimming, scanning and close reading? Skimming Scanning Close Reading•Quickly reading a text to •Reading a text, looking •Reading a text inget the gist (overall idea) for specific information detail, looking for andto decide if it is relevant (for example opening understanding meaningand worth reading in times) (for example reading anmore detail (for example •You use clues such as article and finding outa section of article to headings and keywords how the author reacted)help decide if it is useful to narrow your search •Making inferences andto you) deductions Mrs. Shannon
SKIMMINGYou read quickly through the sentences getting a gist of the understanding of the text.
SCANNINGYour eyes dart around a text searching for a specific word/phrase/number.
CLOSEREADING You pay close attention to the sentences, taking time to understand the meaning.
English Functional Skills To be successful, you must;• Read the questions carefully and work out WHAT the questions requires and WHERE the information can be found.• Use different reading skills (skimming, scanning and close reading) to select relevant information.