Arctic Tern

  Chris Hawkes

 Essay Writing

Brainstorming is a useful activity: take a blank sheet of paper, and write down everything you can think of that might be relevant to your topic. Don't analyse at this stage; don't order: just write!

Use abbreviations; colour; pictures: anything to make your mind work. This will become a resource for the next stage.

Another related and useful technique is that of mindmapping. This was pioneered by Tony Buzan - and is designed to organise information in the way the brain woorks: by networks rather than in linear form. See the picture below for an example - this is a mindmap on how to use mindmaps! (Created by idochert-W Group)

I find the technique helpful; give it a go - what have you got to lose?

idochert-W Group - mindmap

  The drudge

 The Essay Title

 Internet Search and Research


 The Linear Plan

 Footnotes and Bibliography


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