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How to Write an Outline

Some people will tell you that there are many perfectly valid ways to write an outline. We disagree. Too many students waste precious time on writing large, complicated, over-stylized outlines that are counterproductive when it comes to preparing for finals. Your outline should be created with one goal in mind: to help you get an “A” on your exam. We’ve created this guide to tell you the right way (and wrong way) to write an outline.

In this guide, you’ll learn:

  • When to start outlining
  • What program you should use to outline
  • Step-by-step instructions on how to write your outline, including what types of information to include and what types of information to exclude
  • The proper format and length of an outline
  • How to shorten your outline into an exam-wrecking cheat sheet