Skimming is a strategic, selective reading method in which you focus on main ideas or specific topics. During the search, you deliberately skip text that provides details, stories, data, examples, or other elaboration. You extract the essence or “gist” of the author’s message rather than the finer points.
Sometimes we only need the “big picture” or main points when we’re reading, not the details. Knowing when and how to skim will help you become a more efficient, strategic reader. You’ll be able to preview and review vast amounts of material quickly.
Preview, Review, Overview:
Since you’re skipping material, you’re also missing content.
Wheat vs. Chaff:
Beginnings & Endings:
Visual & Verbal Cues:
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