Writing summaries for Guest Lectures.

Writing a summary is an important academic skill. The strict word limit of a summary makes it necessary to make selections and decisions which require a thorough knowledge and understanding of the topic at hand: Only the most important and relevant aspects of the talk will be represented in the summary, and the summary's author first has to identify those. As a consequence, it requires more reflection and a deeper understanding to write 200 words than to write 1000.

In addition, the length constraint forces the author to think carefully about the words used and the grammatical structures employed. Unreflected writing wastes words and makes it difficult to complete the task effectively.

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The following is a general impression of the grading scheme for the summaries we shall be using in Core Logic. Roughly one-third of the 50 points will go to each of the following points:

The actual distribution of the 50 points will depend on the guest lecture. Currently, the range of 25-35 points correspond to decent summaries, more then 35 points are good and very good summaries.