How do you start planning your essays?Watch
We all work/learn differently, but the above works best for me. *
Break the title down into parts. What is the main body of the title? What is giving you clues of what to research?
Use spider diagrams or mind maps.
Put key words up.
Write what you plan to put on the introduction, main body and the conclusion.
Look at the marking criteria, look at the learning outcomes in the module handbook.
Look at what topics you have covered as the essay will relate to this.
Do some extra reading. Many degrees are all about that extra reading. That self directed learning.
I personally make a plan of what topics need included and what the marking criteria are and remember to pee to a certain extent (point evidence explain).
But always contact someone if you're struggling. That's what they're there for.
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I also use colour coding and highlighters to help me make notes as I find that easier. This might work you?
I've just been set my second one and I'm pulling my hair out already. The learning outcomes are like another language. I'm going to just do spider diagrams or something I don't even know where to start!! 😢
I never used spider diagrams or anything like that. Just two sheets of paper and some intense research. That's not to say graphically presenting things in diagrams is wrong, it just didn't work for me - I've always been more of a list maker. Try a variety of ways of planning and find a method that works for you