Before sitting down to summarize anything, whether it’s a book, a short story, or a whole report full of factual information, you need to have a basic understanding of the original text. This can take time depending on what kind of material you’re working with. Sometimes you even need to make other references and use them in your summary, especially if you’re writing a summary paper. So, to get started on your assignment, it’s best that you have some summarizing strategies but nobody ever really talks about those. Well now, we’re talking!
Summarizing Practice Is Important
Ever head the saying ‘practice makes perfect?” It sure does but it can take time and you may not be able to devote time to practice summaries much less really summaries. The best summarizing strategy you can adopt is to break the article into a section to begin with. If it’s a book, maybe you break it into chapters. It if’s a short story, maybe you break it into numbered sections or even pages if it’s not divided up already. Ask yourself what the 5 w’s are: who what where why when.
Strategies for Summarizing
After you’ve broken the article down, try to figure out what the main idea of each section is using the above questions. It might be easier to practice summarizing if you just use sections and don’t be afraid to contact us even if you’re just practicing. It’s during this time that getting feedback can be most helpful. We can examine your practice summary and let you know if you’re on the right track or need to adjust your strategy. That way, when you finally get to the real project, you’ll know exactly what to do.
The most popular methods of summarizing is known as TMD. T stands for topic, what the article is about. M and D stand for main idea, or what is the topic about and why’s it important. If you can do this with each section, it will be easier to pinpoint the overall topic and main idea which will basically write your summary. Of course, if you’re still have trouble or just want another pair of eyes, we can help.