Organising Information and Ideas

Organising Information and Ideas

Understanding the Task

  • Begin by carefully reading the question or task.

  • Identify what the examiner is asking for and underline the key words in the task.

  • Make sure you understand the context (are you writing a letter, article, report?) and audience for your response.

Brainstorming Ideas

  • Develop your ideas by brainstorming or mindmapping.

  • Don’t limit your initial thoughts, the more ideas the better.

  • Ask yourself questions to stimulate thinking.

  • Group similar ideas together.

Planning Your Structure

  • Plan the order in which to present your ideas.

  • Ensure there is a clear introduction, body, and conclusion.

  • Your introduction should provide an overview or hypothesis.

  • The body of your answer should back up your hypothesis with arguments.

  • Use the conclusion to summarise your answer and draw conclusions.

Paragraph Planning

  • Break your key ideas into paragraphs.

  • Each paragraph should focus on one sub-point or argument for your main idea.

  • Balance your points with evidence or examples to support them, where applicable.

  • Create linking sentences between each paragraph.

Reviewing Your Plan

  • Review your plan before you start writing.

  • Ensure your points are organised in a logical order.

  • Make sure all the required components of the task are included in the plan.

  • Check your timing. You need to manage your time effectively to write your response.

  • Once you’re happy with your plan, start writing your response using it as your framework.