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Summary writing is a skill you will need and use throughout your university education as well as in your professional life. To summarize is to present a shorter and more concise version (the main idea) of a larger text, for instance, an article, book, or movie. Academic and professional writing tasks, such as literature reviews, research proposals, and reports, all require summarization skills. Summary writing also develops other essential academic skills:
•Reading comprehension (identifying main ideas and supporting points is an excellent “check” for comprehension)
•Effective use of sources (presenting the ideas of others)
•Analysis (identifying supporting points for main argument)
•Paraphrasing (for supporting points)
•Concise writing (removing word “clutter” for clear and grammatical writing)