Teenger writing in notebook

How to Summarise Spoken Text

Take notes 

Taking notes is of immense value in in Summarise Spoken Text. It helps you get an overview of the subject and mull over the organisation of the content. In certain circumstances, it aids your recall of the topic and the supporting ideas. In most of the situation, we can take good notes, if we follow certain basic principles.

  • Most speakers use signposting words while moving from one sub-topic to another. Being mindful of these signposting words help you capture the core ideas more easily.
  • Listen for the change in tone and speed of the speaker. Usually, the speakers slow down and raise their voice when they are talking about something important.
  • Learn short forms of certain words so that you can note them down faster.

Initially, you may find yourself struggling between listening and taking notes. While listening you may forget to take notes, and while taking notes, you may fall behind the speaker. However, there is no need to worry. Note taking is a craft and it gets better with time. If you keep practising, you will find a way to balance these two acts and learn to write notes that can help you collect, organise and present the ideas taken from the recording.

Try to stitch your ideas together

Once you have notes the important ideas, it is time to explore the relationship between these ideas and the development of the topic. Students who can show the relationship between the ideas score better in Summarise Spoken Text compared to those who simply list them.

Appropriate use of linking devices maintains the cohesion in a paragraph and facilitate understanding. There are several ways to connect our ideas together, some of which have been mentioned below.

    • Use linking words (do not overuse linking words)
    • Use pronouns (This/That/These/Those +summary word)
      • Many people go abroad to study these days. This trend is rising more than ever.
    • Try to arrange your ideas in logical order

Revise and proofread

We all make mistakes, and there is nothing wrong about it but thinking about our errors while writing interrupts our creative flow. Instead, it is a better idea to check our work once we complete writing them. In Summarise Spoken Text you get 6 points for not making spelling errors, grammatical errors and errors in word selection.

A few tips for conciseness
  • Try avoiding repetition of words or ideas and learn about redundancy errors
  • Learn about ellipsis. It can save you from over-expressing yourself.
Avoid nominalisation
  • This way we can find the solution to this problem. (wordy)
  • This way we can solve this problem. (concise)
  • My friend made a recommendation of PTE for my English test. (wordy)
  • My friend recommended PTE. (concise)
  • Think of single words for long expressions.
    • He hit me in the face, and I fell to the ground. (Weak)
    • He knocked me down. (Strong)
  • Change list of items into one single class

To learn more about nominalisation and do some exercises, visit this link Nominalisation

  • Read some of your old writing and identify the pattern of your mistakes.
  • Focus on your usual areas of errors.

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