title slide for powerpoint presentationAs a high school teacher, I have conducted a range of study skills workshops to senior students. As a casual tutor for Student Services at the University of Wollongong, I delivered lunch times study skills workshops as well as individual consultations. Many of these ideas and strategies are used by students of different abilities and learning needs – try this version of summarising to help make useful notes for assignments, or exam study.

When summarising, you should aim to reduce the information to 25% of the original. It helps to read the article or chapter several times to develop a clear understanding of the author’s ideas, meaning and details. If you record your summary in an outline format in your own words, you will find it quite easy to re-write your own sentences and avoid plagiarism.

Step 1

  • develop heading from topic sentence
  • write bullet points using key words

Step 2

  • write summary directly from your points

Step 3

  • refer back to original to check accuracy


There is a specific exercise to practice your skills on my notetaking page.


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