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I blog on Brain-Based Learning, Metacognition, EdTech, and Social-Emotional Learning. I am the author of the Crush School Series of Books, which help students understand how their brains process information and learn. I also wrote The Power of Three: How to Simplify Your Life to Amplify Your Personal and Professional Success, but be warned that it's meant for adults who want to thrive and are comfortable with four letter words.

Chapter 14 covers writing effective summaries and why this strategy is important. Here:

Even if you do nothing else do this: SUMMARIZE.

Don’t get me wrong:

YOU SHOULD TAKE NOTES DURING LECTURES OR READING.

But if for some reason you don’t, do yourself a huge favor and find it in your heart to summarize what you can remember from the learning experience.

I know. You might have a few minutes left at the end of class and want to catch up with your peeps. But you must resist.

SIT BACK DOWN AND WRITE DOWN THE KEY POINTS YOU LEARNED.