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Would you dump a load of building supplies on a lot and tell a random person to "build a house"? Hopefully not! For the same reason, it is unwise to deposit an academic novel and some study guide questions on a student’s desk and say, “read it.”
This semester I am teaching a course on Becoming an Effective Learner at the University of Calgary. I have asked my students to do a reading synthesis assignment on the different readings we have each week. In today’s post I’m sharing some of the information I gave them about the differences between summarizing and synthesizing information in terms of reading strategies and research. If you teach reading and you’d like to share it with your own students, you can download a handy two-page handout from here. Summarizing and synthesizing are both strategies used in reading and research.