1. Before you read something for class (especially a textbook chapter),skim the reading with the following techniques:
- Read the title: how does that cue you into what you will be reading about?
- Look at headers and other organizational cues; how do they cue you in to key words, points, and arguments?
- Textbooks use formatting like bold, italics, and bulleted/numbered lists to make key words, concepts, and ideas stand out; how do they cue you in to important information?
2. After skimming, list the key terms, phrases, ideas, and concepts that skimming provides.
3. While reading, take notes by filing your notes underneath the terms, phrases and concepts you wrote down while skimming.
4. Share both your skimming and after-reading notes.