The National Reading Panel, and lots of other research, has found that summarizing what you’ve read or learned is a very effective learning strategy.
You can see how I teach summarizing at A Look Back: How I Turned A Lesson On Writing Good Summaries Into A Game – It Worked!
A new study has found that, though there was little difference between those who wrote summaries, read summaries, or didn’t do any summarizing activity in tests that took place immediately after the lesson, those who wrote them did better on an assessment that took place at a later time.
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