One of the weak spots in my academic skill set is reading, so I keep an eye out for helpful methods of improving my reading. I came across this blog post at the HackCollege blog:
Double Your Text-Skimming Speed with 3 Simple Techniques
Skimming is an essential skill. Well, maybe it's not essential, but if you're not good at skimming (or if you don't skim at all), you'll be at a disadvantage. How else are you going to "read" four chapters of your boring textbook by Thursday? Are you going to read every single word? That's inefficient, and you need time for other things besides reading, right?
What are some other facets of reading that are important? Remember, there is much more to reading than not being illiterate.