There are 2 types of questions that ask you about paragraphs:
- Paragraph headings - match the sub-headings with the paragraphs.
- Specific information - which paragraph contains the following information? Try an example: IELTS Reading: Which paragraph?
- For 'paragraph headings' questions, you need to find the main idea of each paragraph. I usually recommend starting with the shortest paragraph first.
- For 'specific information' questions, remember that one paragraph can contain more than one piece of information (e.g. "paragraph A" could be the answer for questions 1 and 2). Some paragraphs may not contain any information, so it doesn't help to start with the shortest one.
Both types of question are easier if you do the other question sections first (gap-fill, true/false/not given etc.). You will then be more familiar with the text, and you might even remember where some of the 'paragraph' answers are.