In addition to the features we have already mentioned, a review must also follow some technical indications. I have separated the main ones below:
- Identify and present the work analyzed
Do not leave the reader confused. In the first lines of the text, clarify what the work is reviewed. Provide the author’s name, year of publication, and other important bibliographic information.
- Make an initial overview
After presenting the technical data, make the first paragraph as an introduction. What is the work about? What are the main ideas worked on? What was the purpose of the author with the material?
With this, you will be contextualizing the audience and preparing them for what will be discussed in the text.
- Describe the structure of the work
It is important to highlight the structure of the object. If it’s a book, is it divided into chapters? What is the narrative mode of the text? If it is necessary or necessary, it is still interesting to say the number of pages smoothly.
- Discuss content
Now, it’s time to review! Count, in your words, what was said in the text. Beware of size, we are not working with synopses or a re-reading of the work. Find the middle ground by working with that cutback I mentioned above.
At this point, it is not the time to present your own opinions or interfere with the ideas proposed by the author.
- Do your critical analysis
If the review is critical, the time to systematically analyze the content is soon after the descriptive part.
In making this analysis, caution: opinions must be grounded. Look for authors who think like you, justify ideas from concrete examples, and be careful not to turn this part into something “too personal,” for the fact can take away all of your credibility as an author.
- Identify the target audience and make recommendations
Who is that text for? Who can take advantage of reading the work? It is interesting to signal the target audience of the work in the middle of the review. This facilitates the work of those who come into contact with your text and segments production assertively.
- Give a little talk about the author
Who wrote / produced the content is a journalist? Poet? Film-maker? Doctor? Make a brief review of the life of the author of the reviewed content and present one or two other famous titles (when applicable).
Look for the answer to some fundamental questions
Before you even begin to review, it is interesting to look for some answers that will help you make a quality production. See the main ones below:
- What is the main thesis defended by the author?
- How does he develop his idea?
- was it done clearly and clearly?
- Do you need to have some background knowledge to understand the content?
- Is the work pleasant ?;
- Was it well organized ?;
- has the author based himself on some idea of other people to reach his conclusion ?;
- with his work, has he come to any conclusion? how was it achieved? was it well achieved ?.
- It is important to point out that, above all, the question “how to make a quality review?” Can be very well answered when there is study and dedication. Do not stop searching for contents that do a step by step, practice “play” and exercise writing with the production of other textual genres as well.
- Learn to cut out what really matters
- I am not saying that there are “not important” items in a book or article, for example. All the material is rich and, if it was not worth it, it would not have been published.
When making a review, however, you can not reproduce everything that was said in the original material. That would make your production so large that there is no need for reviews to exist!
One of the features of reviews is the size they should have. Although there are no strictly strict rules on this, it is interesting to produce content that is not very large since, in this way, objectivity (which is so important in producing a review) would be lost.
Knowing that it will be necessary to get the main opinions of a large (mostly) material and “wipe it out”, it is important to have the discernment to see what deserves to go to the review and what can only be mentioned in a way further.
Beware of the examples. The author can work with many case studies throughout the production, however, it is not up to you to transcribe each of them in the review. Say broadly what the examples used and what they are about. Then standardize the idea on a larger topic.
Also, read reviews constantly. You will be inspired, identify mistakes, correct and accumulate a very interesting luggage!