Purdue Owl Essay Writing

Four Main Components for Effective Outlines

Ideally, you should follow these four suggestions to create an effective outline. The examples are taken from the Sample Outline handout.

Parallelism – How do I accomplish this?

Each heading and subheading should preserve parallel structure. If the first heading is a verb, the second heading should be a verb. Example: 1. Choose Desired Colleges 2. Prepare Application (“Choose” and “Prepare” are both verbs. The present tense of the verb is usually the preferred form for an outline) Continue reading “Purdue Owl Essay Writing”