Hey guys, I hope you are having a lovely day. In this article and video I am going to give you some tips and information about making summaries. I make summaries for my courses all the time. Summaries are great, because it’s perfect for revision, you will remember a lot of your books and you will understand the things you need to study a lot better. In this video I am going to give you some tips on how to make a summary. For every course, making a summary is different. That is why I decided to give you some practical tips in this video that you can use for every course. Without further ado, let’s jump into the video.
So here are the tips:
- Before you start making a summary, you should consider if it is a good idea to summarise the course. Not every subject and not every book is ideal to summarize. For example, if your book contains a lot of details and you know there are going to be a lot of detailed questions on your exam, it is a smarter idea to just start studying instead of making a whole summary.
- I always use the first page of the notebook that I use for writing my summary to write down all the important things the professor says about the exam, what the exam is going to look like, to make a content table for my summary and other important things. This is something really useful because when it’s time to start studying you’ll have a page with all the important things you need to know about the exam.
- Use a color coding system that works for you. I personally don’t like to use a lot of colors in my notes and summary. That’s why I use a fineliner for titles and articles and a highlighter for all the definitions.
- Make sure your summary is very clear, so you have a good overview. I like to use bullet points and I make sure that in every bullet point, there is something important, a main idea.
- While you are summarizing, keep the content table open next to you. If you do this, you’ll keep seeing the bigger picture and you will also see everything important.
- My next tip is to don’t use highlighters until you have written a whole page or until you have finished a paragraph. After that, highlight all the important things. This way, you are forcing yourself to read the summary so you will remember it a lot better. It’s also helpful to see if you still understand what you wrote down.
- Make sure you have read the book at least once before summarizing. If you do this, you will understand everything a lot better while summarizing and it will make sure you summarise a lot quicker, because you already have an idea on what’s important and what isn’t.
- If you have trouble with finding the most important things in your books this tip might help you. In every paragraph, there is a main point or a main idea. There is something in there that is the most important thing you need to study and understand for the exam. A lot of the times, it’s the first or last sentence of the paragraph. Try to look for the main point/idea in every paragraph.
- My last tip is to read your summary on a regular basis. Making a summary is going to help you remember a lot of the information and understand it, but making a summary doesn’t necessarily mean that you studied everything. Make the summary, read it often and study it to be fully prepared for your exam.
Those were my tips for writing summarizing. I hope you enjoyed the video. If you did, don’t forget to give it a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel.