What Is a List of Key Takeaways?

A variation of the summary, the list of key takeaways is usually written in bullet point format. This can be a great choice if the author wants to use a different format to increase page appeal, or visually distinguish this feature from the main body of instructional writing. A list of key takeaways usually begins with a simple sentence to introduce the bullet points. Examples include:

  • The following is a list of key takeaways from this chapter.
  • Each bullet point below summarizes a main idea in this chapter.
  • Review the points below to help you remember what was discussed in this chapter.

Below is an example of a list of key takeaways from a criminology textbook chapter on green crimes.

Key Chapter Takeaways

Review the list of bullet points below for a quick overview of the key ideas and information in this chapter.

  • Green criminology is the analysis of crimes and harms that impact the natural environment, ecosystems, plants, animals, and people.
  • Green crimes and harms have strong connections to big concepts like power and inequality, as well as other major forms of crime like organized crime, state crime, human and drug trafficking, and more.
  • There are many sub-types of green crime and harm, sharing many similarities. Notably that they tend to impact poor or disadvantaged and disorganized people, communities, and places more than wealthy ones.
  • Our knowledge of who is a green crime offender and who is a victim is extremely limited by a lack of comprehensive, reliable data. While we know some general characteristics of both offenders and victims, the true extent of green crime/harm commission and victimization is unknown.