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Studying Your Notes: How to Write a Summary and Reflection

Are you trying to figure out how to study your notes? In this video, I will teach you two highly underrated study techniques. I show you the process, give examples and tell you the common mistakes to avoid. These can be used for any note taking method and in the video I will show you both Cornell and outline notes.

When you write a summary, you want to answer the question: What is important? When you write a reflection, you want to answer the question: How can I use this information? After watching this video, you will be able to write a summary and reflection for any subject when studying your notes. Feel free to use the following templates and examples to help you take the best notes.

Cornell Note Template:

Cornell Note Batman Example:

Outline Note Batman Example:

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Whether you are a teacher trying to help ALL your students navigate the writing process, a parent struggling at home to help their child with distance learning or a student that just got a massive essay in class, this channel is for you! I walk you through the entire writing process from start to finish. In this channel, you will find research-based, classroom-tested, student approved literacy skills for equitable education!

My hope is that these videos will help you as you write in school and at home. I am a classroom teacher myself, so I know how hard teaching writing is. I use all these videos in my own classroom to support and differentiate the learning for ALL my students. I have found these videos extremely helpful for ALL students especially English Language Learners. I also provide free classroom materials to help you teach writing to ALL your kids.

  • 0:00 Summary and Reflection Introduction
  • 0:20 Purpose of Summary and Reflection
  • 1:01 Summary and Reflection Questions
  • 1:25 Summary and Reflection Example
  • 3:38 Review Process
Tommy Messinger
For the past seven years, I have taught at a Charter school in San Diego that serves a 60% refugee and immigrant population. I have had the opportunity to teach everything from Honors Social Science subjects, Android app development, remedial literacy and AVID to running an after school robotics and basketball program, operate as testing coordinator, and serve on our school’s leadership team. I recently finished my M.S.E in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in Reading Education at Kansas University.