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Watch more How to Study videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Cover the assigned topic and earn the best grade using these helpful hints to write a summary. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Scan the text Scan the text and make notes on paper. Read closely to absorb the author's tone and central ideas, and then comb back through to clarify points. Step 2: Outline the idea Outline the main idea of each section in your own words. Include only meaningful details and proofs, organizing them from most to least important. Step 3: Develop your thesis Develop a thesis, summarizing the main points of the piece. Be sure to include the author's name and the title of the work right away. Tip Avoid using your own opinions or interpretations, no matter how familiar the subject may be. Step 4: Arrange information Arrange the information to clearly support the author's points, adding details to each section. Improve the flow of ideas with transitions that connect sections. Step 5: Cite properly Be sure that sources are cited properly. Paraphrase and don't use the author's words if you can help it. Make sure you haven't wandered off topic. Tip Ask who, what, why, when, where, and how questions to be sure you have represented the author's work faithfully. Step 6: Make final corrections Correct your grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Dignify your work and that of your subject's with the care good scholarship demands. Step 7: Ask for criticism Ask a hyper-critical friend to read your work. Be receptive and not over-sensitive -- if they can't identify your main points, you need to revise. Did You Know? More than half of students say that their schoolwork requires daily writing.
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