Writing an essay

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Writing an essay by Mind Map: Writing an essay

1. Planning

1.1. Purpose

1.1.1. To inform

1.1.2. To persuade

1.1.3. To evaluate

1.2. Audience

1.2.1. Instructor

1.2.2. Manager

1.2.2.1. Accurate, grammar & spelling, logical, supportive and referenced

1.2.3. Subordinate

1.3. length

1.3.1. 3,4,5 paragraphs

1.4. Topic

1.4.1. Must fit assignment

1.5. Rough draft

1.5.1. Do you have time to do one?

1.6. Knowladge

1.6.1. Your own

1.6.2. Outside resources

1.6.2.1. SMEs

1.6.2.2. Data

1.7. Format

1.7.1. Word

1.7.1.1. Spacings

1.7.1.2. Easy to read format

1.7.1.2.1. Arial

1.7.1.2.2. Size 12

1.7.1.3. Leave space for notes

1.7.1.4. Avoid complex formatting

1.7.2. Handwritten

1.7.2.1. Neat writing

1.7.2.2. Space out paragraphs

2. Pre writing

2.1. Reading

2.1.1. Books

2.1.2. Internet

2.1.2.1. Be careful of sources

2.1.3. Handouts

2.2. Freewriting

2.2.1. Exploring own thoughts

2.2.2. Reflecting

2.3. Listing

2.4. Clustering

2.4.1. Mind mapping

2.5. Looping

2.6. Journalists Questions

2.6.1. Who, what, when, why, where and how

2.7. Dialoguing

3. Shaping

3.1. Essay Statement

3.1.1. State the main idea

3.1.1.1. Shows purpose and focus

3.1.1.2. Be clear and specific

3.1.1.3. Use fact or announcement

3.1.1.4. Can include major points

3.2. Outline

3.2.1. Categorise notes

3.2.2. Add more information if required

3.2.3. Present a logical order

4. Drafting

4.1. Use outling as a quide

4.2. Write quickly

4.3. Don't worry abut grammar or punctuating

4.4. Add notes on the margins as reminders

4.4.1. Where more research is needed

4.4.2. Where examples are needed

5. Revising

5.1. Check the whole essay

5.1.1. Abstract

5.1.1.1. Summary of the essay

5.1.1.2. Does it need one

5.1.1.2.1. Length

5.1.1.2.2. Complexity

5.1.2. Introduction

5.1.2.1. Question

5.1.2.2. Definition

5.1.2.3. Statement

5.1.2.4. Quote

5.1.2.5. Needs to be interesting

5.1.3. Body

5.1.3.1. Topic sentence

5.1.3.2. Supporting detail

5.1.3.3. Logic

5.1.3.4. Do the sentences connect

5.1.3.5. Parallel structure

5.1.3.6. Repetition

5.1.3.7. Don't waffle

5.1.3.8. Mini conclusion

5.1.4. Conclusion

5.1.4.1. Review the main points

5.1.4.2. End with a strong statement

5.1.4.3. Recommendations

6. Editing

6.1. Grammar, spelling, Punctuation

6.2. Read the essay

6.2.1. Refrencing

6.2.1.1. Type

6.2.1.2. Correct

6.2.2. Be systematic

6.2.3. Have someone else read the essay

6.2.4. Read it out loud

6.3. Check for major errors

6.3.1. Use spellcheck

6.3.2. Be careful

7. Publish

7.1. Be proud of your work

7.2. Be passionate

8. Resources

8.1. Writing implement

8.1.1. Pen

8.1.1.1. Black

8.1.1.2. Different colours for Brainstorming

8.1.2. Pencil

8.1.2.1. Notes & sketching

8.1.2.2. Eraser and sharpener

8.2. Paper lined

8.3. Computer

8.3.1. Laptop

8.3.2. Desktop

8.4. Ergonomic seat and table

9. Location

9.1. At home

9.2. In a classroom

9.2.1. Beware of distractions

9.3. At work

9.4. Test conditions

9.4.1. Be aware of time