Literature/202011092209 writing projects should flow associatevely and not with a top-down approach

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  • Source: [@ahrens2017How to take smart notes: one simple technique to boost writing, learning and thinking: for students, academics and nonfiction book writers]
  • Tags: #effective-writing #outlining-for-writing

Several universities have guidelines on how to write papers following a top-down approach, starting with a research topic and going downwards until the student can decide what to read and finally write about. This may not be a good approach because

  1. It lacks to acknowledge that students have pre-existing ideas that they are carrying with them (things they already studied or experienced)
  2. It creates a linearity in the process that does not represent how people normally think

Luhmann method of storing (and fundamentally retrieving) notes can help overcome these difficulties because of its non-linearity.


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