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Reading and Outlining an Assignment

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Why outline an assignment first?

Often when we get a new assignment, it can feel a little overwhelming. We often worry that we aren't including all the information our professor wants, or it is not organized correctly.

Reading carefully and outlining first, before you start writing, will help you organize your ideas before you start writing. 

This guide will give you some tips on how to read an assignment to look for information that needs to be included in your paper. It will also give some tips on how to use APA headings to organize your paper. Plus, it will explain how you can use your rubric to double check your information and organization.

Outlining first will prevent missing or poorly organized information.

Below is an example of a simple outline with APA headings.