Module Five


student writing paper

You might be tempted to try to revise and proofread as you write, especially if you haven't allowed yourself enough time. However, this approach won't really save time and will probably add stress. There will be too many things to keep track of as you attempt to integrate your notes into your own thoughts, choose the best wording, follow the points in your outline, cite sources, and use correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling, all at the same time.

Now is the time to forget about some of those things and just let the words flow.

You should be familiar enough with your topic, after having done all that research, that you can just follow your outline, refer to your notes, and start writing. Don't worry too much about perfect grammar and polished wording yet. That is what revising is all about.

Here are a few tips to get you started:

Your introduction should briefly explain the purpose or focus of your paper. It should get the reader's attention and make him want to read more. You want to make a good first impression. If inspiration isn't coming to you, don't dwell on it. Write what you can, move on to the body of your paper, and return to it later.
This is the heart of your paper, where you develop your topic. Follow your outline carefully, so you stay on track and don't skip important points. Include information from your research when necessary to support your statements, and don't forget to cite as you go along.
This is where you get to have the last word. It should wrap things up and briefly summarize your position. Don't introduce any new material that has not been covered in the body of your paper, but don't just repeat the introduction. Leave a good final impression.

When you are happy with your rough draft,it is time to revise your paper.See next page for details.

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