Organising Information and Ideas

Organising Information and Ideas

Understanding the Question

  • Carefully read and comprehend the assigned question or task.
  • Highlight key terms and instructions within the task to ensure thorough understanding.
  • Use the instruction to form the basis of your response, constructing any future ideas around the initial question.

Brainstorming and Idea Generation

  • Dedicate time at the start to brainstorming your ideas loosely.
  • Consider different angles, viewpoints, or perspectives that could be adopted and explored.
  • Ensure there’s a potentially meaningful association between your ideas and the issue at hand.

Planning Your Response

  • Establish a clear and concise thesis statement that navigates your overall response.
  • Subcategorise your ideas into paragraph topics, ensuring they each bring a unique view or evidence in support of your thesis.
  • Determine the sequence in which your paragraphs will be arranged. Also give thought to how these points connect with each other and collectively support the thesis.

Developing Arguments

  • Elaborate on your arguments by adding evidence or insights that are relevant and insightful.
  • Consider using a balance of emotive, logical, and ethical appeals to create well-rounded arguments.
  • All arguments should be cogently expounded and directly reinforce your initial thesis statement.

Crafting Transition Sentences

  • Create fluidity between your arguments using transition sentences at the beginning of each paragraph.
  • Each transition sentence should subtly reference what was discussed before and prepare the reader for the upcoming argument.

Conclusion Development

  • Summarise key points from your argument in your conclusion.
  • Make sure your conclusion reiterates your thesis statement and educates the reader about the overall argument.
  • Aim to provide closure and perhaps even a thought-provoking or poignant final point.