2 Skimming, scanning and detailed reading
It can be difficult to read and digest lots of important information in a short time, but skimming and scanning can help.
Skimming involves reading the headings and subheadings of a text to get the main idea or ‘gist’ of the text. This can be useful when trying to decide whether to read it.
Scanning involves looking through the text to find keywords and phrases that are important or interesting.
Imagine you are looking at the magazine shelf in a supermarket. You may skim the titles of the magazines to find one you like and then scan the articles to find specific words or pieces of information.