Skimming, scanning and selective reading

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Scanning and skimming are probably two of the most useful skills in reading as long as you can overcome the fear that you will miss things if you don’t read everything with perfect comprehension at all times. Another vital skill that saves a huge amount of time is selective reading. If you understand how specific types of documents are structured you can get to the ‘meat’ without have to wade through masses of irrelevant detail.

Most of the techniques in this book concern improving speed whilst maintaining or improving comprehension and reading every word. The techniques in this chapter are the exception to this, since ...

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