- Feb 2022
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Probably the best method is to take notes – not excerpts, butcondensed reformulated accounts of a text.
What is the value of reformulating texts and ideas into one's own words rather than excerpting them?
In the commonplace tradition, learners were suggested to excerpt knowledge and place it into their commonplace books. Luhmann (2000, 154f) and Ahrens (2017, 85) suggest that instead of excerpting that one practice a form of progressive summarization of texts into their own words as a means to learn and expand ones' frames of reference and knowledge.