Become a better, faster reader
Learn the difference between skimming, scanning & close reading,
And how to apply these strategies to your pre-, during & post-reading stages
Skimming involves reading quickly over headings, sub-headings and first & last sentences of paragraphs to get the main idea or ‘gist’ of a text.
Think about which text types you use skimming strategies for.
- pre-reading texts to establish relevance during the ‘research’ stage of your assignments;
- pre-viewing texts before you close read them or for the first ‘during’ reading stage of complex texts.
Think about which text types you usually scan-read.
- pre-reading lecture notes. Always ensure you understand the terminology used in your lectures as without this understanding you won’t fully understand the basic lecture content;
- reading most websites;
- pre- or first ‘during’ reading of complex texts to research unknown vocabulary/terms;
- establish relevance of texts during your ‘research’ stage.
Remember, the subject you’re studying has its own language and you need to learn that language and how it’s used in your professional context.
Think about how often you use close reading strategies.
Do you allocate enough time for close reading and multiple readings of your most complex texts?
Is your approach to reading more random than structured? Are you constantly overwhelmed by your reading lists? Is it taking you much longer than anticipated to get through your reading?
You need to read The Unlocked Learner’s Guide to Skilled Reading. It will teach you:
– how to approach your reading in a more purposeful strategic way;
– how to apply pre-, during and post-reading questions;
– how to apply the 3 fundamental strategies of skimming, scanning & close reading;
– what the myths of higher level academic reading are & dispel those myths;
– how to break out of ‘highlighter happiness’ & implement active and interactive approaches to your reading.
It also provides valuable links to more online learning tools & resources.