Too much content in your essay to remember? Easy, the summaries are there for that!
Ah, the summary… the students’ best friend! With the large number of materials that need to be assimilated in a short time, proofreading can be a little complicated. But, thankfully, the summary essays are there to help us remember what is most important to know in each content.
Cool huh? But I must warn you: knowing how to summarize an essay is not that easy. As you already know the importance of this ally when studying, I elaborated on four steps for you to make a cutting-edge summary essay outline! I got these tips when I asked someone to write my essay. Come with me:
How to Start Off An Essay
1. Read and reread the text
How to start a summary essay? The first thing you should know is that preparing a summary is also a way of studying – after all, to be able to prepare it, you need to be well in tune with the subject. Ideally, then, you should read and reread the text a few times to make sure you understand everything correctly. Enjoy the moment you are studying the subject! Doing some exercises also helps.
2. Search for the most important concepts and fundamental points of the text
Now that you have read your essay a few times, you can be prepared to highlight what is most important in it, that is, what is its essence. It is where you should try to search for some keywords on the subject, to help you get organized, and also to highlight in the essay what is most important.
If you are doing a Physics summary on thermology, for example, the keywords can be heat, temperature, expansion, the study of gases, Kelvin scale.
In addition to gathering the keywords, you can also highlight the essential items and phrases for understanding that content, or even what you can’t escape from being decorated. For example, in an exact story, the formulas will be essential, and, of course, they must be included in the summary. In History, for example, you should highlight some names of protagonists of historical facts (for example, Robespierre in the French Revolution, or Otto von Bismarck in German unification), and some dates that are very representative (like 1945, year in that ended World War II). In Geography, basic concepts cannot be left out, especially in matters related to geophysics.
Attention! When looking for the fundamental parts of the essay, you will need to have some skills in text interpretation. There is no point in underlining or emphasizing the entire text, so it is necessary to understand what is essential in the middle of those words. Access here a guide on how we can help you improve your interpretation.
3. Organize the main ideas
Now is the time to organize what you understand about the subject. With the most important keywords and formulas, names, and dates, it’s time to guide the summary you are going to write. To do this, try to answer two questions: 1. What is being said in your essay? 2. How would I explain this to anyone?
It is also important to try to list the subject on topics that you consider important (if it is a summary of History, do it in chronological order of events). This is where you can “draw” a small outline for the subject, stipulating a number of main concepts, like three or four, so you don’t put too many things in the summary.
4. Write the text with your words
Get to work! It’s time to write your summary essay. You have read and reread the text, highlighted the most important words or formulas, already listed the most important topics. You must be almost an expert on the subject. After all that, writing will be easy. Take the subject by the general basics and then move on to the specific subjects within that subject.