"To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.” – Victor Hugo

Reading something substantial will always open a new world for your thoughts to widen and become more open to your surroundings. The understanding of how a thing works, why it works and what will happen when it works, is determined when you read something.

Even to understand us- a Homosapien, there are thousands of books published describing our states of mind, justification of our actions, our history and such.

In the IELTS Exam, the reading section too, holds a significant place, determining your overall band score in the IELTS Exam. To improve your reading skills while practising for the IELTS Reading Module- there are a few ways to read a text viz. Skimming, Scanning, Extensive Reading and Intensive Reading.

Let’s dwell more into these ways of reading-

Skimming & Scanning:

Skimming and Scanning are two ways of reading, which are highly misunderstood by students. There’s a misconception revolving around it that only by learning the technique of skimming and scanning is enough for students to ace their Reading Module.

Skimming is the way to read a passage at a faster pace; it is a way of getting a gist of the message the passage conveys. Like reading a newspaper, we usually skim through the newspaper to find and news piece interesting, and when we see one, we read it in detail.

Scanning, on the other hand is looking at a passage microscopically, to search for keywords needed to respond to a question in IELTS. In this technique, you are looking for specific words and phrases to locate the correct answer.

Extensive Reading:

Extensive reading is usually done to read for enjoyment and pleasure. It is generally for second language learners. You don’t have to understand every word but usually done, to read through multiple sources either to improve your vocabulary, grammatical structures.

This way of learning is great for those who want a good grip on the target language; it’s for the language learner, and also your fluency improves by a considerable amount by this way of reading. To become good learners, the learner has to have a good exposure to books. Only by reading more, the learner will grasp the range of vocabulary and the complexity of grammar structures. The learner can choose books to read in their targeted language, and they can decide the level of difficulty. So, to improve your overall reading skill, speed and fluency in speech can be done by Extensive Reading over time.

Intensive Reading:

Intensive Reading, on the other hand opens a whole new door to accurate reading. By Intensive Reading, the reader reads the text in a detailed manner, understanding the language’s syntax and grammar. Intensive Reading is far more time and energy consuming than skimming and scanning, it helps the learner deduce the meaning of words in context.

Now imagine this situation- your phone is missing, and it is on vibrate mode. Instead of haphazardly searching every nook and corner, and turning over each pillow in sight, what will you do? Call your phone from some other phone and intensively hear from where the faint vibration is emerging. Once you locate the vibration sound, you look intensively at that location till you find your phone. Similarly, in the IELTS Exam, after you read the question, find the location of your answer. Once you found that, read the passage around the targeted portion intensively. This will give you a precise idea of how to frame your response respectively.

In the IELTS Reading Module, there are some portions where you need to read the question intensively because misinterpreting a single word can change the whole meaning of the text. Now, if a question requires you to write a person’s name then, you would have to use the technique of skimming and scanning. If you are to find a meaning of a particular word, then skimming and scanning won’t help- you would need to read the particular text intensively to know what the meaning of the text is referred to.

Remember, Intensive Reading takes up more time than skimming and scanning, so the applicant during the IELTS exam should know when to use Intensive Reading and when to use Skimming and Scanning. For this, proper practice is needed for the IELTS Exam.

Read more books, use all techniques of reading while practising, this way your speed will enhance as well as your vocabulary. Try to seek help from a professional who has a knack for such matters as IELTS Tutorials. If you wish to take up online coaching sessions for the IELTS preparation, then log on to IELTS Tutorials for Online IELTS Preparation. Also, you’ll get 20+ Free Online Quality Practice Tests when you sign up on the website.

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