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Creating an outline can help you organize your ideas and produce better written reports. To learn how you can create one effectively, read this post by The Tutoring Center, Southgate MI.

How to Create an Outline

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Choose Your Topic Wisely

In order to have a well-written paper (and a well-done outline), you first need to have a good topic for it. It is the basis of it all, which is why it is imperative that you choose wisely. It should go without saying that if your teacher already gave you a topic to write about, then you should absolutely follow their instruction, lest you want to have a lower grade because of it. If, on the other hand, you're given the freedom to pick your own topic, opt for one that has enough material for you to go over, and that you are actually interested in researching and learning about. This will motivate you to do your assignment better.

Research the Topic Thoroughly

You can't write a paper on something you know nothing about (at least, not a good one). For that reason, step number two is to research the topic for your report thoroughly. To that end, you will have to use the search tools at your disposal. Of course, the internet can be a great helper in this situation, as it allows you to find all kinds of information. Still, remember that you can also go to your library and learn more about your topic in books. A few things to keep in mind: verify that the sources you go to are reliable, and start taking note of what you find and where you found it, so you can reference it later.

Establish the Main Idea

Now that you're aware of your topic and have enough information on it, it's time to establish the main idea for your written report. As you know, the main idea will be the leading focus for your paper. Any other statement will be secondary ideas or details that will support that main one. Your report can go a few different ways. When you establish your main idea, you give it direction and you ensure your paper will stay cohesive. Moreover, this makes it less likely that you'll get lost when writing.

Have a Brainstorming Session

Once you know which path you want to take, you need to let it rain. As mentioned above, the secondary ideas are necessary to reinforce your main one and to provide more details about your subject. To put them in paper, however, you need to have a brainstorming session. Be sure to reference the information you found on the topic, so that your report makes sense and is well-rounded. Write your ideas down, so you don't forget them when you start working on the outline and on the actual report.

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Work on the Outline

And after all of that work, it's time to create the outline. Since you already know what you want to talk about, how you'll approach the subject, and the information you will utilize to reinforce your main idea, it should be easy for you to take this step. To do so, you will need to add, organize, re-arrange, and eliminate the ideas and statements that you have for your report. Try to be concise but very clear on the ideas that you write down, so as to avoid confusion. Likewise, make sure to arrange your ideas in a way in which they flow organically and make sense.

Start Writing Your Paper

Finally, it's time to start writing your paper. This should be a lot easier now since you basically have its whole structure laid out. All you need to do is fill in the blanks that you left in the outline. However, if you want to produce a good written report, you will need to make an effort. For one, be sure to care for your spelling, your grammar, and other skills that are necessary to make your ideas understood. It's also suggested that you push yourself and challenge your brain, so you can express your ideas in an innovative way.

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