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.
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