Note-Taking, and Reading between the lines are some reading skills that
we need to use when reading a chapter or an article.
- What is skimming?
- How to skim
look for the general and main ideas in the introduction
and conclusion paragraphs. Use a highlighter or a pencil
to highlight or underline these
ideas, so that they are easily retrieved later.
look for important points stated in
sentences that are provided in each body paragraph. Note
that a topic sentence doesn't have to appear at the beginning
of a paragraph; sometimes it is stated in the middle or at the
end of a paragraph.
What is scanning?
means looking for supporting points and details, provided in
body paragraphs. In other words, finding elaborations or sentences
including detailed and specific information that support an
important point or a topic sentence in a body paragraph.
to scan a reading?
look for supporting points in each body paragraph. There are
usually 2-3 supporting points provided either after or before
a topic sentence, depending on where it appers in a paragraph.
look for supporting details. Note that there are various types
of supporting details, including
examples, statistics, expert opinions, quotes, and explanations.
supporting details stated in sentences usually beginning with
a transition word.
- Take notes
while you're reading or listening to importnat information, using
a shortened form of a word or phrase, such as standard and personal
- Then, use the
handout of the standard academic essay outline form to display your
notes. (Click HERE to print out
a copy of the handout).
between the lines means connecting your old and new knowledge
on a certain topic in order to create your opinion on that topic.
- Remember to
use this skill when researching information for your final project;
it should help you write a good thesis statement.
- To skim
a reading online:
- look for
main ideas and points included in the introduction and conclusion
paragraphs, in addition to topic sentences provided in body
- Next, copy
the introduction and conclusion paragraphs and paste them on
a word document on your PC.
- then, copy
each topic sentence /supporting point in a body paragraph, and
paste them on the same word document.
paraphrasing, and summarizing are some techniques or study skills that
can help us write better, study well, and increase our understanding
of what we read.
is when you try to think of everything you know about a certain topic.
In other words, it is the process of recalling all the information
you have saved in your long-term memory on a particular topic. Here
is a handout that can help you organize
or display some of your brainstormed ideas and thoughts, including
details on a topic.
means displaying your notes, using the
standard academic essay outline form. (Print out a copy of this
handout). Your outline or layout is the map or guidelines that will
help you write your report, paper, or article.
the process of rewriting other people's writing, using your own words,
without changing or deleting any of the original meaning and ideas.
is the process
of writing a shorter version of other people's writing, using your
own words, without changing the original meaning and ideas, you need
to delete unnecessary information that do not support your purpose,
in other words details that you do not need.