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Effective reading skills

This section begins with an overview of different types of reading. This is followed by activities for practising some of these different types.

Reading for academic purposes

You will review some of the important skills needed for academic reading.

The predictions strategies for academic reading 

You will learn about using prediction skills to improve your understanding of academic reading texts.

Improving your reading speed 

You will consider some ways in which to improve your reading speed. You will practise reading a text under timed conditions and answer questions to test your level of understanding.

Skim-reading

You will use an essay to practise skim reading in order to understand the main ideas in a text.

Scanning practice

You will use an essay to improve your skill in scanning a text for specific information.