Summarizing essays

In this section we looked at the importance of summarising information in academic writing. Summarising is useful for demonstrating that you have fully understood the text that you have read or heard, for condensing notes and for researching essays and assignments. Good summarising involves ascertaining what the main ideas of the text/audio are, and being able to maintain these ideas in a shortened version. It also involves being able to nominalise verbs, . turn them into nouns, use synonyms, split long sentences into short sentences and to join short sentences together to form longer sentences.

If you would like further practice, try taking a look at Andy Gillet's website . Alternatively, try listening to a podcast or any audio file which has a transcript (for example the BBC's 'Talk about English' website , create a summary and then compare this summary to the original transcript.

Summarizing essays

summarizing essays


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