Skimming and scanning

Skimming and scanning

Understand the differences between skimming and scanning a text or texts for information or to get the gist.

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Skimming and scanning

Quick tips for tutors

Factsheet: Skimming and scanning

  • Rt/E3.6 Skim read title, headings and illustrations to decide if material is of interest
  • Rt/E3.7 Scan texts to locate information