Seeking reader’s attention
PART 1: THE OUTLINE • Think about what study strategies have worked for you in the past and which ones have not been as effective. • Narrow your choices to three specific study strategies that have worked for you. These will be your main points. Examples would include flashcards, mnemonic devices, and reading aloud. Avoid broad topics such as test-taking skills or pre-reading strategies. • Utilize the outline template on the next page to create your outline. Your outline can be more detailed than the sample. Outline points and sub-points can consist of a phrase, sentence, quote, or reference; however, do not write full paragraphs. Be sure to erase any instructional text and insert your own content. • For instruction on how to create a strong, effective thesis statement, review this resource: https://owLenglish.purdue.edu/owl/resource/545/01/. In particular, look at the example of an expository thesis statement.
• Introduction A. Gain the reader’s attention with an story, anecdote, quotation B. Give details about previous experience. What strategies have/have not worked? C. Thesis statement — A one-sentence preview of your three strategies. • Body — In this section, outline 3 specific study/teaming strategies that you have successfully used. The supporting evidence will be how you used the strategy and how/why it worked for you. A. Successful study strategy #1 1. Supporting evidence — How have you used this strategy? 2. Supporting evidence — How/why did it work for you? B. Successful study strategy #2 1. Supporting evidence — How have you used this strategy? 2. Supporting evidence — How/why did it work for you? C. Successful study strategy #3 1. Supporting evidence — How have you used this strategy? 2. Supporting evidence — How/why did it work for you? – Conclusion A. Final thoughts on study strategies B. Conclusions you have drawn from your readings and experience C. New strategies to try – New strategy #1
• New strategy #2