How to write a summary
Read, Re-Read, Re-Re-Read!
Spend at least half an hour reading
and re-reading before writing the
…and then read again.
Make sure you understand the article
before you start writing. That doesn’t
mean you know all the words - just the
Don't look at the article while you are
writing the summary. Put it away. Write
from your head.
…except to check!
When you start writing, you can look at the
article to check facts or names
No Names, Quotations
But unless they are very important, don’t
use names or quotations
Learn New Words…
Know the meanings of some of the
…but don’t use them
Don't use new words in the summary
Use simple English
Use English your 16-year old brother
or sister could understand. Don’t be
Change the Order
You don’t have to follow the order of the
article. Change it if you like.
Write headings or keywords for each
Use paragraphs, even in a short
summary. Group your keywords
together to make new paragraphs.
Don’t write one sentence for every
paragraph in the article. It won’t work.
Have synonyms for the words you will
– employee, worker, candidate,
potential employee, interviewee