What for: get specific/detailed information
* Read the question
* Bear in mind keywords/ synonyms
* Find and read the sentence containing the keywords/ synonyms * Find the answer
* If unable to find the answer, read some sentences before and/or after the sentence containing the keywords/synonyms * Find the answer .
Scan from the bottom of a paragraph from right to left. Look at either side of the diagonal line.
Scan vertically from the bottom to the top
Scan the text in a zigzag from right to left
Scan from the bottom. Move right to left, right to left
Scan from the bottom right to left, the left to right
Skimming and Scanning
Skimming refers to the process of reading only main ideas within a passage to get an overall impression of the content of a reading selection.
How to Skim:
Read the title.
Read the introduction or the first paragraph.
Read the first sentence of every other paragraph.
Read any headings and sub-headings.
Notice any pictures, charts, or graphs.
Notice any italicized or boldface words or phrases.
Read the summary or last paragraph.
Scanning is a reading technique to be used when you want to find specific information quickly. In scanning you have a question in your mind and you read a passage only to find the answer, ignoring unrelated information. How to Scan:
State the specific information you are looking for.
Try to anticipate how the answer will appear and what clues you might use to help you locate the answer. For example, if you were looking for a certain date, you would quickly read the paragraph looking only for numbers. Use headings and any other aids that will help you identify which sections might contain the information you are looking for. Selectively read and skip through sections of the passage.