Creating an effective essay outline should not take much time provided you know what you are doing. The most important thing that you must keep in mind is the rules and guidelines that you will have to follow. There are different specific formats that each university follows. You will have to be well aware with those so that you can create the outline quickly. The formats are very important in determining the structure of the essay.
The things that make a format are the rules. Say an essay has to have five paragraphs with a bibliography at the end for one university while another requires the students to leave bibliography and include acknowledgement in the beginning of the introduction. These small little rules make up most of the outline.
Some tips to follow while drawing the outline:
- If you are already well aware of the rule then you do not have to look into samples. But if do not know them then you can familiarize yourself by going through some of the samples that are available across the internet.
- It is very important to have a plan about how to proceed. Without a solid plan you will not be able to come up with the right outline to make it work. Determine how you want to begin your approach. If you are going to write an argumentative essay it will be with a definition of the topic followed by a clear stance. But the approach will be a lot different for a persuasive essay while it will be all poetic if you are going to write on self reflection. So knowing the kind of essay you have to write helps.
- If you have the plan and know how you wish to begin your approach, you should start listing the various points you are going to explore. By having the points written down in order you will be able to get a good outline. The points will have to be written in the right order so that when you write following the outline there are no chances of abrupt transitions. A reader will lose interest if you have abrupt transitions and do not know how to connect two points. With the right outline your essay will have the flow and continuity it requires. You will have to draw the outline in such a way that there is flow in the paper.