Students too often put off a written assignment, considering it a chore too formidable to approach until the last minute. As a result, grades inevitably suffer. Writing is not a talent reserved for a select few, it is a skill that can be learned. Planning and organization are its essentials. With a knowledge of these, you can through effort and practice improve your writing ability. Suggested below is a guide to organized writing. Use this outline in writing class assignments, essay tests, and term papers.
1. INTRODUCTION - Opening Paragraph
- Begin with a general statement.
- Narrow it down to the controlling idea (for thesis statement).
2. BODY - Three Developing Paragraphs
- In each paragraph:
- Use transitions (repetition of key words and ideas) to connect paragraphs together.
- Develop the topic sentence with details, definitions, illustrations, comparisons, and contrasts.
- Conclude the paragraph with a summary of the main idea.
3. CONCLUSION - Finishing Paragraph
- Restate the thesis.
- End with a general statement finalizing the discussion.
- Category 1 - Scheduling & Studying
- Category 2 - Concentrating & Remembering
- Category 3 - Taking Notes
- Category 4 - Reading Effectively
- Category 5 - Preparing for Exams
- Category 6 - Writing Assignments