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Mind Mapping as a Tool for the Writing Process

Writing with good formatting ≠ good writing.

Writing with good formatting ≠ good writing.

Formatting with paragraphs, an introduction and a conclusion is not the central component of good writing.

The underlying purpose behind writing is to communicate information and is composed fundamentally of ideas.

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Mind Mapping as a Tool for the Writing Process

Mind Mapping as a Tool for the Writing Process

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Mind mapping: A tool for all writers

Mind Mapping is a tool to support writing processes. It provides a space for negotiating the tension between form and formlessness—the negotiation that is at the heart of the creative process.

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Bloom's Taxonomy's Synthesis
Bloom's Taxonomy's Synthesis

Synthesis is placed on fifth level of the Bloom's Taxonomy. This is the level where parts or information are put as a whole in order to create new meaning or a new structure.

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Synthesis Writing

It is a process in which a student makes the explicit connection between an argument and an evidence from sources with similar or dissimilar ideas. Sources could be from articles, fiction, posts, or infographics as well as non-written sources, such as films, lectures, audio recordings, or observations.

Two Types of Synthesis Essays
Explanatory Synthesis
  • Used to deconstruct or divide evidence into logical parts.
  • Usually describes objects, places, events, or processes.
  • It is objective, it doesn't present a position.
Argumentative Synthesis
  • Presents a position or opinion which is supported with evidence

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Jordan Peterson
"Thinking makes you act effectively in the world.  Thinking makes you win the battles you undertake...If you ..."
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The Levels of Resolution

An essay exists at multiple levels:

  • The choice of words
  • The formation of sentences
  • The arrangement of sentences in a paragraph
  • The arrangement of paragraphs in a logical progression, beginning to end
  • The essay as a whole

A good essay works at every one of those levels simultaneously.

Step 1: Choose Topic, Read & Take Notes

Writing begins with these 3 steps:

  • Pick a topic: because your essay should answer a central question.
  • Make a reading list: You should aim to read 5-10 books before you write an essay. And plenty of online sources. 
  • Take Notes: of everything that catches your attention. 

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The Outline/List

Is a linear method of taking notes that proceeds down the page, using indentation or bullets to denote major and minor points.

Pros: it records content relationship in a way tha...

The Sentence Method

The goal is to jot down your thoughts as quickly as possible. Format is kept to a minimum: every new thought is written on a new line. 

Pros: Is like free writing for notes.

Cons: lack organization and notes can be hard to understand.

Works for: meetings or lectures that lack organization; when information is presented very quickly.

SQ3R (Survey, Question, Read, Recite, Review)
  • Skim the material for bolded text, images, summaries, to produce a list of headlines;
  • Each headline is then written in the form of a question;
  • Record your “answers” to the reading questions under each corresponding header;
  • Once you’ve finished reading the text, write a summary of the material from memory—this is the “recite” part of the process. 
  • Finally, review your notes to make sure you’ve completely grasped the concepts.

Works for: dense written material.

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