Summary writing

Submitted by Kathy-ann Daniel on 17 February 2008 - 1:24pm

All the tips and ideas for writing summaries. If you have problems writing summaries, you can post them here as well, someone might be able to help you with that.


sheniel (not verified) 24 September 2008 - 6:57pm

I have a problem writing summary. At some point when i collect the main ideas when it comes to starting the summary, it causes a problem. Can i get some help please

guest (not verified) 24 September 2008 - 7:58pm

In reply to by sheniel (not verified)

Well, that sounds a bit abstract. What about if you write a summary from one of the summary questions here, post it, and maybe we could tell you what seems to be the problem.

toney (not verified) 25 September 2008 - 7:04am

In reply to by sheniel (not verified)

Hey Sheniel:
No problem! This often happens to me alot. First, a little planning will do the trick. Jot down the main points on a paper as you read the passage in the given order protrayed. The next step is to minimized or write in full sentences the points that you have, of course using your own words. Here is where vocabulary kicks in. The next and critical step is to interconnect your points with the correct conjunctions... Always remember, my friend, to keep a track of the word limit.
Hey, I may not be as so good in explaining but I hope this helps you alot.
Any study buddies have comments about this topic, whether good or bad, I personally wanted to hear from you; I bet others would love to.

toney (not verified) 25 September 2008 - 7:00am

In reply to by guest (not verified)

Oh yes! I agree with you 100%! Who ever you are? You rocks...

mel-mel (not verified) 24 November 2008 - 9:18am

In reply to by toney (not verified)

i don't know how to pick out main ideas,when writing a summary.can someone help me please.

Kathy-ann Daniel 24 November 2008 - 12:10pm

In reply to by mel-mel (not verified)

Hi Mel-mel,
if you check the caribexams library, you will find a CXC English A practice exam vol 3 page with links to quite a few explanations, quizzes and movies on finding the main idea. Check it out.

I don't know why I do this but in order for me to write my summary, I write something about each sentence and I'm pretty sure this is not the way. How would I know which sentences I should pick main ideas from?

toney (not verified) 21 December 2008 - 7:06pm

In reply to by Sansha (not verified)

Hey Sansha: Hmmm! You are having problems picking out the main idea. I am thinking about giving you an example rather than an explanation. Well, here goes nothing!

Gavin did not attend work today because he was sick and, had to see the doctor.
We can say: Gavin wasn’t present at work due to unexpected circumstances. This example deals with vocabulary.

You can try this. Watch a movie and when finish, try to write a summary on what you saw. This will help you for now to pick out the main ideas. Smile… I bet you wouldn’t write word for word that happen in the movie. Well, sansha: this is the best for now. Hope this helps. Friends, any suggestions on sansha problem is greatly welcomed.

Jody Ann Kerr (not verified) 7 November 2009 - 1:08pm

Hey am Jodyann and am having a lot of problem doing summmary its confusing to me. Cant you help me?

admin 7 November 2009 - 1:57pm

In reply to by Jody Ann Kerr (not verified)


Have you looked at the summary tutorials and exercises that we have collected here? They are a very good place to start in learning to write summaries. Please check our CXC English exam guide to find tutorials for all the areas in the CXC English exam.

ulina (not verified) 27 January 2010 - 11:14pm

Am very poor at english but am determine I badly need some help any tips that I can start with am setting exam in June , I would be grate full. thank u.

simone A.L. smith (not verified) 26 September 2010 - 10:30am

I want to learn how to summarize, an essay or a story, as what always appear to be the first challenge on paper 2.I also would like to learn how to write stories and poems,fromthe begining and how to put ideas together to make sense. Can someone help me please? I am having a problem with english.

guest (not verified) 8 October 2013 - 7:09pm

I would like to learn how to summarize stories or essays and how two write a argumentative essay

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