Sometimes, reading can take so much effort, even for literates. It’s a real struggle for non-readers when the material is too long and it doesn’t pick their interest.
Too long; didn’t read, they would say, but the truth is, you need to read. It is a skill that you should never neglect.
Sure, we are all different, diverse individuals and we absorb knowledge in different ways. But most reasons for not reading is because, let’s be honest here, laziness.
You cannot be a full blown reader over a night, you need to get used to it little by little. But did you know that there are other types of reading that doesn’t require much effort? like skimming.
Skimming is where your eyes move faster in search for particular information.
So when do you use skimming and not your usual intensive reading?
First, when you want to get the general impression of a reading material. For example, you want to find out if you want to read a certain book. If you do it right, you’ll be surprised to know that you can learn a lot with this 10-15 minute survey of it.
For non-fiction, you can do it by reading its title page, preface, table of contents, and index. If you want to dig deeper, you can go through its chapters, pictures, captions, charts, etc.
Second, when you want to find a particular detail. For example, who did what? Today’s weather forecast, or the schedule of your P.E. class.
To do this correctly, keep in mind what specific information you are looking for and the words that would likely refer to it. If you are looking for it in a book, try searching it in the index first.
This skill is helpful especially with the amount of reading you are expected to do in school. Knowing how to skim is not enough, you should know when to use it as well.
So next time you have a reading material, don’t give up too soon! Skim through it first, maybe you’d be interested enough to read the whole material.
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