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If you have a difficult time figuring out what is important and what is not important in your reading assignments, you may want to practice a reading strategy called summarizing.

Summarizing involves identifying the key points and concepts in a text and restating them in your own words. The more comfortable you become at identifying the main idea of a text, the more able you will be to learn from your reading.


Summarizing Tutorial

This tutorial introduces you to the reading strategy of summarizing.

Read Strategy Tutorial

This tutorial shows you an effective strategy for finding the main ideas in what you read. READ stands for Read, Evaluate, Analyze, and Decide.

READ Handout

This printable handout provides you with directions for using the READ strategy.

Gist Strategy Tutorial

This tutorial introduces you to a summarizing technique called GIST that helps you to summarize while you read so you can comprehend difficult texts.

Shrinking Paragraph Tutorial

This tutorial shows you another summarizing technique called the Shrinking Paragraph.

Key-Word Summary Handout

This printable handout gives you step-by-step directions on how to summarize using key words.

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