Skim & Scan

IB English B: Skim & Scan

The distinction between "skim" and "scan" should be made clear to students, since the two terms identify two different processes for two different purposes. "Skim" means to go through a text quickly in order to grasp its overall stucture and message, without concerning oneself with too much detail. (see Summarising patterns ) "Scan" means to search through a text with a particular target idea in mind, ignoring everything...

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