Types of reading

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TYPES OF READING

Scanning type of reading

For example, scanning a telephone book:
* You are looking for it quickly.
* You know what you are searching for (key words and names).
*You 'see' every item on the page, but you don't necessarily read the pages - you ignore anything you are not looking for. Thus, when you discover the key words being searched for, you will be unable torecall the exact content of the page.

Skimming type of reading

When you read quickly to gain a general impression as to whether the text is of use to you. You are not necessarily searching for aspecific item and key words. Skimming provides an 'overview' of the text. Skimming is useful to look at chapter/section headings, summaries and opening paragraphs. The purpose of skimming:
* Tocheck relevance of text.
* Sets the scene for the more concentrated effort that is to follow, if the text is useful.

Light type of reading

Reading for leisure tends to be 'light':
* Readat a pace which feels comfortable.
* Read with understand.
* Skim the boring, irrelevant passages.
An average light reading speed is 100-200 words per minute. This form of reading does notgenerally require detailed concentration.

Word by word type reading

This type of reading is time consuming and demands a high level of concentration. Some material is not readily understood and sorequires a slow and careful analytical read. People use this type of reading for unfamiliar words and concepts, scientific formulae. It can take up to an hour just to read a few lines of text.Reading to study type of reading

A method of reading for study is called the aim is to understand the material in some depth. The method involves five simple steps; Survey, Question, Read, Recall andReview.
* Survey: skim through to gain an overview and not key points.
* Question: devise questions you hope the text will answer.
* Read: slowly and carefully.
* Recall: from...
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