Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Three ways to make summarising easier

People on our proofreading and editing course find summarising a challenge. It can be difficult to decide the key elements.

It’s best to do some preliminary work before you cut or change anything.

Our course recommends these three stages:
  1. Read the original copy quickly and pinpoint its main subject or purpose.
  2. Go back and read the text carefully, jotting down notes or highlighting the important points. Write down the central idea. You may need to liaise with the client about this.
  3. Make an outline of the main idea and the supporting details. Arrange your information in a logical order – either from most to least important, or chronologically.
Then you will be ready to start editing … and will find the process quicker and more focused.

See our distance learning proofreading course

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