How to write a summary

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					How to write a summary
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    Read, Re-Read, Re-Re-Read!


Spend at least half an hour reading
  and re-reading before writing the
  summary.
             …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
 ideas.
                          Don’t Look…!


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
 new words
             …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
 fancy.
                    Change the Order


You don’t have to follow the order of the
 article. Change it if you like.
                            Keywords


Write headings or keywords for each
 paragraph.
                        Use Paragraphs


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.
                                   Synonyms


Have synonyms for the words you will
 use most
  – employee, worker, candidate,
   applicant, job-seeker,
   potential employee, interviewee

				
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