Skimming Skimming = • reading for the main ideas of a text • reading to answer the question: "What is this about?" • reading for a quick understanding OR • reading to preview the text before a more careful reading Speed = 900 words per minute Steps: 1. Read the title, headings, and subheadings. 2) Figure out the organization of the text to know where the main points are located. Is it a . . . . . . definition and examples? comparison and contrast? problem and solution? 3) If the first paragraph introduces the main idea, read it. If not, skip to the paragraph that does. 4) Skip sentences or sections that contain: familiar ideas unnecessary details 5) Read the last paragraph if it is a summary.