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How To Summarise

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This is a small power point presentation that I have developed from a noted handout from Study Skills tutor Jillian Johnstone. I have used it successfully with both Level 3 and level 5 students

This is a small power point presentation that I have developed from a noted handout from Study Skills tutor Jillian Johnstone. I have used it successfully with both Level 3 and level 5 students

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How To Summarise

  1. 1. How to Summarise Articles, Chapters and Webpages
  2. 2. Step One <ul><li>Read the article quickly to get an over view of what it contains. </li></ul><ul><li>At this stage do not try to take notes. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Step Two <ul><li>Re-read the article </li></ul><ul><li>Write down only a word or phrase that you think sums up each paragraph. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Step Three <ul><li>Check whether you can group any of your words or phrases together, or whether some of your words or phrases can just be crossed out. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Step Four <ul><li>Write your summary </li></ul><ul><li>Check for word limit </li></ul><ul><li>A summary should be no more than 10% of the length of the original writing </li></ul>
  6. 6. Step Five <ul><li>Edit your work to make sure it makes sense </li></ul><ul><li>Quickly check back to see that you have in fact covered the main points of the article. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Step Six <ul><li>Make sure you have an APA reference in your summary to the original article </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>PLEASE NOTE: </li></ul><ul><li>You are not expected to summarise the formal intrduction or conclusion of the material you are providing a summary of </li></ul><ul><li>With long articles (3000+ words) the skill is to summarise the main points of the whole article, not every paragraph </li></ul>

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