As Cal Newport explains, it’s called a flat outline.
In Cal’s words, the flat outline works as follows: Isn’t this so much better?
The flat outline works because it mirrors the writing process.
No one sits down to write with a perfect idea of what they’re going to say.
Demonstrating this level of engagement with your assignments can only boost your grade.
Once you understand the assignment, you need to start researching. If you’re not careful, research can be one of the best ways to procrastinate.
Best case scenario, the professor is nice and lets you rewrite it, but why do all that extra work?
Furthermore, asking the professor for clarification shows initiative–that you care about the assignment.
This let me spend more time on things that I enjoyed, such as writing for this blog and taking long walks through the woods. The ultimate waste of time when writing a paper is to write something that doesn’t even answer the question the professor is asking.
Today, I’m going to share this process so that you too can write papers more quickly (without a decrease in the quality of your writing). Don’t be afraid to ask the professor to explain any part of the assignment that’s unclear.