9 Tips to Remember When Summarizing a Passage

by Powell

  1. Shorten the text in such a way that all facts are in the summary. Leave out examples, evaluations, and interpretations.
  2. Skim the text. You should know what is the main content of it. Read the headline carefully.
  3. Read the text again to understand more details. You must have understood the whole text.
  4. Make notes (use keywords). Underline important words in the text.
  5. Form sentences with the help of your keywords. These sentences should reflect the main content of the text.
  6. Connect the sentences using suitable conjunctions. The first sentence should describe the main content of the text.
  7. Use Simple Present or Simple Past. Write sentences in Reported speech.
  8. Check your length a summary should not be more than 120 words
  9. Check your summary for spelling mistakes.

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