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One of the best ways to make your writing assignments more manageable is to create outlines for them. An outline can help you plan your writings, organize your ideas, and give your work direction. If you'd like assistance on how to create an outline that can help you become a more effective student, find tips in the post below.

How to Create an Outline

  1. Once you have the topic you'll be writing about, the first step is to research. Find as much information as you can on it (from trustworthy sources, of course). Watch videos, listen to podcasts, read books, and search the internet to learn more about the topic.
  2. While you're in the process of researching, take notes. Write down any piece of information you find interesting, or that could be useful. It's also a good idea to note where you got the information, in case you need to reference it later.
  3. The research you made likely gave you a sense of where you want your writing assignment to go. To make this clearer, choose the main idea that can guide your essay or report.
  4. Now that you know the main idea, you must brainstorm the backing ideas, as well as the introductory and concluding statements. Needless to say, use the information you gathered to ensure a well-rounded piece.
  5. Finally, it's time to edit your outline. You know what you want to say, but you should determine how you want to say it. To that end, move the ideas around, and add and remove them as necessary. Guarantee that the ideas in the outline flow naturally, so your paper makes sense.

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