Structure your Essays

Writ­ten com­mu­ni­ca­tion is tak­ing prece­dence over ver­bal com­mu­ni­ca­tion, at least in busi­ness par­a­digm. Writ­ten com­mu­ni­ca­tion removes the ele­ment of doubt. Writ­ten com­mu­ni­ca­tion is about being pre­cise and express­ing con­cisely. Many of us fail to present our views well enough to engage the audi­ence.  As a result, we lose on grades and oppor­tu­ni­ties. Ele­gance and flair in writ­ing is devel­oped by con­tin­u­ous prac­tice. Through the next few arti­cles we will learn to develop the habit of writ­ing sys­tem­at­i­cally with a focus on ele­gance on top of information.

Golden Rule

C.O.D.E.R. This will be our mantra to have an eye catch­ing essay.

C: Col­lect Ideas

O: Orga­nize Ideas

D: Draft the ideas

E: Edit the ini­tial draft

R: Rewrite and jump to D.

If you feel, your essay passes all tests then it is ready to be submitted.

Nitty-Gritty

Per­haps by now, you are excited about learn­ing to write. But we need to learn about writ­ing styles and pat­terns before we can actu­ally dive-in into writ­ing. Most essays expect you to pen down your own opin­ion about a topic. It will do you a lot of good if you do a thor­ough research of the topic before writ­ing about the topic. Remem­ber, to form your OWN opin­ion you need to be aware of the exist­ing views.

In this post we would talk about how to gather ideas — the first step­ping stone.

Books are gen­er­ally the most reli­able sources of infor­ma­tion. But in terms of acces­si­bil­ity inter­net would be a pop­u­lar resource. Now comes the tricky part. Due to lack of account­abil­ity and reli­a­bil­ity, not all sources of infor­ma­tion over the inter­net can impress the audience.

Write

Essay

How do I search for rel­e­vant data?

Now we would again divide our main prob­lem into smaller ques­tions. Answers to each of them will go a long way in solv­ing the big­ger problem.

  • Topic of essay
  • Key Concepts/Events
  • Jargons/Alternative Terms

With suc­cess­ful answers, we will zero down on our search topic on inter­net. A few web­sites like Google books and www.jstor.org pro­vide qual­ity resources. Try avoid­ing open source resources like Wikipedia. These resources are not com­pletely reli­able.
Fil­ter the data
Now, we need to fil­ter the data we col­lected. Some points which would help in iden­ti­fy­ing the absolutely essen­tial infor­ma­tion from the pass­able infor­ma­tion. The fol­low­ing ques­tions will help you in fil­ter­ing the data

  • Does this infor­ma­tion fit in the whole tone of the essay?
  • Do you have bet­ter sources to back-up your point?
  • Does my essay suf­fer dras­ti­cally if I remove this point?

Remem­ber we are plan­ning to organ­ise our essay con­cur­ring our view point. So we need to be care­ful with the infor­ma­tion we quote. If you end up remov­ing most of your data, then maybe you hadn’t done the research prop­erly. Go back to step one and repeat.

Once we have enough infor­ma­tion with us, we can look towards struc­tur­ing it. The next post will deal with organ­is­ing and draft­ing the ideas.

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