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Write in your own words what you have read.


The diagramming method is similar to the blocking method.
  1. Use a separate sheet of paper.
  2. Place key words or phrases into bubbles or other shapes. 
  3. Draw arrows to connect the different bubbles or shapes in the way you understand the main idea.
  4. Write explanations of how each of the ideas relates to the other ideas. This helps you develop your own sentence structure.
This method could also be good for visual learners.