Hopefully, this will not have taken you too long to go through, but if it did, it is probably because you are not scanning correctly. A piece of advice is not to ‘read’ the article! Many experts believe that scanning is difficult because you are reading the ’normal’ way in English, from left to right. This can slow you down as your brain is trying to process the information – it is trying to read! When you scan, you can try reading from right to left (from the end of the line back to the beginning) and this will stop you from actually trying to understand the text and help you just focus on what you are looking for.
You can also use your finger to help you to locate specific information as it helps focus your attention on the words (but not the meaning) and also helps you keep your place in the passage.
There are several types of questions that require you to find a word or number from the passage and it won’t be as easy as just finding a number, like the activity above. The question may ask you what date something happened and you need to scan the text to locate all the dates in the passage and read around each one you find to answer the question.
We will talk about the second part of this article next week.
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