Summarizing

When you have written a large chunk of information, it is important to summarize information for your readers so they can firmly grasp what has been presented.

Summarizing can seem simple, but in fact, it is an art. It takes great effort to write simply and coherently about a vast amount of information, and to make it come together as a cohesive whole in writing.

“If I had to summarize, most broadly, my concerns as a writer, I’d say the question ‘How then must we live?’ is at the heart of it, for me.” – Claire Messud

Example of Summarizing

Overall, we can see the effect that video games have on modern American children. Studies have shown that rampant attention deficit disorder in America coincides directly with the amount of video game usage among children of 6-13 years of age.

Also, with conclusive evidence, we can see how these games are tangibly tied to outward violence at school, as the studies mentioned before illustrated that the actions seen by children within certain games were reenacted in real life (usually in the school yard).

As a last note, I would like to add that the issues associated with the link between video games and children is ever-increasing, and the United States government should take action against the high usage of such games among youth in order to salvage whatever we have left of a stable American society.

Phrases and Words

  • as a last note, …
  • conclusive evidence…
  • overall…
  • in conclusion…
  • above all…
  • compelling…
  • all things considered…
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  • to conclude…
  • in light of all these…
  • on the whole…
  • in summation, …
  • to sum up, …
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  • in short, …
  • in brief, …
  • to repeat, …
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  • therefore…
  • as I have said…
  • as you can see…
  • in a nutshell, …
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  • to give you a digest of…
  • to give you a snippet of…
  • here is a regurgitation of…
  • here is a run through of…
  • here is a run down of…
  • it all boils down to the fact that…
  • to get the meat of the issue…
  • as was previously stated, …
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