Skimming is an important skill, particularly in research. It requires some practice, though. Below are some points to keep in mind when skimming.
- Look at the title, subheadings, pictures, bulleted lists, and graphs (as present) to get a sense of what the material is about.
- Pay attention to words in italics and bold. These are usually key words.
- Read the first sentence of a paragraph.
- Keep in mind what you know about the writing:
- Pare careful attention to dialogue but don’t read every word: simply look at the first few exchanges to get a sense of what the dialogue is about.
- Remember: you’re not reading this for comprehension; you’re reading it to get the main idea.