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Skip to 0 minutes and 6 seconds Well, I scan every text real quick, like how many pages. Then after that, I read every first sentence of every paragraph, and I try to summarise every paragraph with short keywords. I like the Topic Comment way of summarising things, because it helps me just quickly get down, for each paragraph, what it’s about and some bullet points just quickly capturing in a couple of words, two or three words, what the key points were. But for me, it was still a full one page summary of a three page document. So I need to condense it a little bit more.

Skip to 0 minutes and 48 seconds I find that Topic Comment is quite useful, because it helps me structure the content, and then I think it’s helpful for me to remember. Well, I really liked the TC method, because I have to read a lot of articles for my master’s thesis, and it helps me to give– to get an overview of every article I use. I also use the TC method for writing my master’s thesis. First, I collect all the keywords that I want to write about. After that, I put the keywords in the correct order, and then I start writing.

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