Old and Weird Advice You Got Back in School
Hi, I’m Tutor Phil, and I’m assuming that you’re here because you’re struggling with your writing assignment. And I’d like to reveal one little mental block that is keeping your ideas from flowing freely.
I’d like to ask you to think back to your school days. Remember when your teacher said, “Put it all together in your essay?” Remember when she said that – “put it all together?”
Well, I’m here to tell you – trying to put it all together is one big splinter in the brain that is causing your writer’s block.
Take My Advice Instead
So, here’s MY bit of advice – don’t put it all together. Instead, keep it all separate! Look, you have a lot of information in your head, and “putting it all together” is a very unlikely project.
Here’s one thing you need to know about well-written essays and research papers – they all consist of parts. And I’m not talking about the introduction, body, and conclusion. That’s not very helpful, either.
What I am talking about is a beautiful intellectual structure of your paper in which you have sections and subsections that are all distinct from one another. When instead of putting it all together you begin to keep it all separate, you’re creating a structure. In fact, essays are not written – they are BUILT from smaller building blocks.
Let Me Give You an Example
For example, when you’re trying to put it all together, and you’re writing a paper on human psychology, you’re thinking about human psychology all the time while you’re writing.
What if instead you kept things separate?
Well, you’d be thinking of emotions in one section, intellect in another section, decision-making in yet another section. And you’d be thinking of these parts of psychology one at a time. See the difference?
What I’m doing here is trying to get you to think in parts instead of a whole – to keep the parts separate. And when you do that, ironically, your essay begins to come together quite nicely.
For now, this is just a concept I want you to make your own, and I’ll be going in detail in future videos on how to create structures and to build your essays and term papers.
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