Formal Outline

Formal Outline

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An outline is referred to as the plan or general description of something, it can be a book or anything but it is not described in details. There are various categories of outlines; Formal, informal and cluster outlines. The three outlines generally aid in organizing and planning thoughts that are either spoken or written. I chose the formal outline because I find it more appropriate to be used in my class assignments. Further discussions and illustrations on the formal outline are described below.

First, the reason as to why I choose this type of outline is because it assists me in planning my class assignments especially when it comes to essay writing (Barkai, 2009). Furthermore, the formal outline helps me to stay focus. It aids me in determining what to write, from the beginning, middle to the end. It also gives me the flow of ideas, what do I need to write and present to the professor? Am I in the right order? Are my arguments logical? It assists in connecting the topics and subtopics of my essay. I choose formal outline because it helps in balancing ideas, by using an outline it makes it easy to determine the emphasis to put on a certain topic. It also helps when it comes to essay completeness; with an outline I will be able to cover all the topics in my essay without leaving any topic behind.

However, despite having the outline, I had some issues arising. For instance, in my thesis statement which is the effects of marijuana in the society, the conclusion part in my essay was weak hence, it needed improvements. My conclusion only summarized the essay without restating the thesis and coordinating the ideas stated in the body paragraphs, thus I felt that it needed improvements (Barkai, 2009).

In conclusion, the outline has aided many students in arranging and organizing their assignments especially the formal outline, thus, it should be embraced and used by many.


Barkai, H. (2009). A formal outline of a Smithian growth model. The Quarterly Journal of Economics83(3), 396-414.

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