Sprint it! – How to Skim Academic Articles

A time-saving guide for studens and other busy readers

What you will learn

Learn about the types and structure of academic articles, including mandatory and optional elements

Learn how to skim academic articles, save time and increase productivity

Improve logical thinking and develop the skill of organizing information in a well-structured way

Enhance writing and presentation skills as they rely on the ability to structure and present information in a well-organized and comprehensible manner.


The primary audience of this course is new college or university students. They often need to read a lot of academic articles within a short time, but they seldom have any experience in reading aca-demic articles, let alone in skimming them.

This course will also be helpful for others who want to develop the essential skill of skimming articles, whether academic or not, as well as other digital or physical information products.

Learning how to structure information using an academic article as an example, and especially practicing skimming articles or any other info pages, will help anyone improve their logical thinking and develop the highly useful habit of organizing their thoughts in a well-structured way.

And this, in turn, will lead to enhanced writing and presentation skills as they rely on the ability to structure and present information in a well-organized and comprehensible manner.

Since this course is for beginners, it provides some basic introductory info about the types and structure of academic articles. It also describes step-by-step skimming process using a demo article as an example. It concludes with the benefits of mastering the skimming skills including the neuroscience perspective.


The course is focused on the skimming process for the purpose of getting familiar with articles to write a school assignment, to shortlist articles for a literature review, or just to make sense of the subject of an article without spending too much time on reading its full content.

If you need to write a thorough literature review, or to deep dive into specifics of academic papers for the purpose of your own research, this course might not be the best choice for you. However, it might still help you to learn the basics, and to speed up the initial stages of your selection process.

And finally, this course is not about writing an academic article or an essay. However, learning about proper structure and practicing skimming skills will help anyone to get ready to write their first academic article.

With that in mind, this course might be beneficial for anyone with limited or no experience with academic articles as they consider starting their writing journey.

Welcome and Introduction

1. Introduction
2. Course Overview


3. Definitions
4. Full Structure of Academic Article
5. Shortlist
6. Step-by-Step Process
7. Skim Like a Pro!
8. Neuroscience Perspective

Conclusion and Thank you

9. Conclsion

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