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Scanning and Skimming in Reading for Coursework

A large part of making a coursework is reading. You need to review your course reference text and read other materials to research. Because you still have other tasks to do and give time to in this endeavour for this school term, you need to maximise the use of time and effort. You need to choose what you read and read them fast but efficiently.

In reading for your coursework, you can scan and skim what you are reading. In fact, you even need to do this and not merely do scanning and skimming as an option. Looking through the home of your favourite social network for posts you can be interested in is an example of scanning. We can use it as an analogy to scanning reference materials to read and use in your work. You only need to select the ones which are relevant.

You can determine which portions are relevant. One way to do this is through the introduction or preface of a material. You can also read the first and last paragraphs of chapters. They include the important points of a material. Get key words from these paragraphs and just scan through the material to look for the words.

Just as the first and last paragraphs of a chapter can help scan through the chapter efficiently, the introductory and summarising or concluding chapters of a text also gives you insights on what are the contents of a text and their contexts. You can also refer to the book index for relevant reading selections.

You need to also use skimming in reading for your coursework. It means you read certain portions with speed to determine their general or overall meaning. The key in doing this is skipping sentences or phrases which embody details about what you are reading. Your goal here is to determine the main or central points of a material.

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