Can you summarize without knowing how to summarize? This article will show you that it is possible. Within the Study Techniques, undoubtedly one of the most complex or the most difficult for the student is without doubt the writing of a summary. In my case I will try in this article to give you some simple tricks to write a summary successfully without the need to know how to write.
10 useful tricks to write a summary
How to write a summary without knowing how to write.
To write a summary, you do not need to know how to summarize. What? How? So is. To write a summary the most important thing is not to write, but to choose among the options of the templates that I will give you. Today I will show you how you can write a summary without knowing how to write with these simple tricks and the help of the templates. Will you come with me?
1. Divide the text into parts. If a text has paragraphs, it will correspond one part per paragraph. If you do not have paragraphs, look at the textual connectors for your division. On how to summarize a text without paragraphs, I recommend that you read the article in this link.
2. Assign a simple sentence to each paragraph. You should avoid writing more than one verb in each sentence.
3. Assign three distinct parts to each sentence. Subject + Verb + Complement
4. Join the simple sentences with a textual connector.
5. Choose a subject for each sentence (yellow).
6. Choose a verb for each sentence (green).
7. Choose the keywords of each part. You must choose a maximum of eight words and preferably be nouns (blue). On how to find the keywords of a text I recommend reading the article of this link.
8. Choose the text connectors that will join the sentences (brown).
9. Do not think about the summary until the end. What you must do is build a sentence for each paragraph or part of the text.
10. When you have simple sentences, you only have to join each of them with the help of the template connectors.
Download the template of the four parts of a summary in the following link.
In a summary, the templates give you the 75% fact and you only have to decide the 25% corresponding to the keywords (blue). If you have set, at no time have you had the need to write. You simply choose the option of the template that best fits the content of the text. If you stick to the templates you will get:
Write the third person verbs of the singular of the present tense.
Explain the content instead of giving your opinion.
Avoid copying text phrases.
Avoid subordinate propositions.
Give cohesion to the summary through the connectors.
Place the keywords after the verb.
Avoid the use of impersonal sentences.
Avoid starting the summary with the preposition “In”.
It’s that easy to write a summary. The most important thing is to know how to choose, not write. I only need to encourage you to apply it in your sessions and give me your opinion of the results obtained.