The UVic Writer's Guide
How Writing Summaries Can Help You
Practice in writing summaries will benefit you in important ways
as a student and as a writer:
- It will give you practice in close, attentive reading, and train
you to do justice to what you read (rather than reading into a
work only what is familiar to you).
- It will strengthen your sense of structure in writing: how a writer
organizes material, developshis or her points, and moves from
one point to another.
- It will develop your sense of what is important in a written work,
enabling you to distinguish between key points, the material backing
them up, specific examples and illustrations, and mere asides.
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