Planning an Essay
Paying attention to the title The title is what marks the steps that need to be taken
Gathering material It is convenient sometimes to keep in mind the titles of some essays on a certain lecture or book. Knowing a little bit more on the topic, you can start to put together notes and ideas.
Planning the outline In certain measure, the planning of the outline is tied to gathering the information for it. The outline should be done while you are working, but only when you have all the information necessary should you write a definitive outline.
An outline is a series of headings with one or two ideas under each one, but it is basically all about the headings. The headings used determine the material covered, but the detail that should be of interest is the number of theories considered and the examples given.
Each paragraph generally expresses an idea or something new. The logic behind outlines is that they are followed through their paragraphs.
Analyze an argument and note any errors or presumptions, like: Points where the argument lacks evidence, causal fallacies, and inadequate examples.
Individuals prefer sentences to ideas. It is easier to hang onto comfortable beliefs with irrational bases than facing the truth. There are those who believe the pursuit of knowledge is a good thing. They are those who are more ready to elucidate their problems than to accept logical models and appropriate thinking.
If you want to think clearly and efficiently, great changes need to be made. Surely it is possible to think clearly in one field and fail at another. Everyone has areas in which they stop being rational. It is true that logical thinking, going off true premises, should get to truthful conclusions. On the other hand, irrational thinking, going off true premises or not, can only reach the truth by accident.