Tips to keep in mind while you are completing the DSP Process

Tips to Keep in Mind while You Complete the DSP

  • This is not a timed writing test. Take the time you need to read, write, and revise thoughtfully. You should complete the process over several days, as you will with many of your university-level writing assignments, even short ones. Plan ahead so that you can take time and avoid rushing your reading or writing.
  • Reading: We encourage you to read and re-read the article carefully, making notes as you read. As you read, take note of the evidence and central ideas (including those that are not readily-obvious) in the reading.
  • Brainstorming: As you start to brainstorm your ideas for your own writing, think carefully about what the task is asking you to do. You may find it helpful to rephrase the prompt in your own words. Think about how you want to organize your response, and come up with a working plan before you begin writing.
  • Writing: In this academic summary, we are asking you to explain the ideas in an article, rather than take an opinion on the article.
  • Revising: As you write and revise, consider how your examples, transitions, and main ideas work together and how you can help make such connections clear in your writing. 
  • Reflecting: After submitting your completed summary, you will answer a handful of questions about your reading and writing experiences. These questions are available via the same link through which you will submit your essay, on the main DSP webpage.