8 Ways to Skim a Book
1. Read the first sentence of each paragraph. This usually has important information.
2. Notice words that begin with capital letters. Proper names are important and give information about a person, place, thing, or idea.
3. Pay attention to words in italics, "quotation marks," or bold print. These markings show important words.
4. Notice dates and numbers. These will tell you when and how many times something happened.
5. If you see a question mark, read on. The most important information is usually found in the next sentence.
6. Stop and read long or unfamiliar words and phrases. Look up definitions if necessary.
7. Read the last sentences of each paragraph.
8. Remember, skimming gives the main idea. You will need to read and study material at another time to fully understand the information.
Use skimming to look over your textbook chapters, library books, homework, etc. This is helpful when reviewing information you have previously read or to help you plan how long it will take to read a passage carefully.