4Ps of Problem Solving Papers
1. Define the Problem
- Look over previous papers to use as feedback to improve.
- Goal of the assignment? Goal of your writing?
- Thesis --Title.
- Structure -- make a map or skeleton outline.
- Readings -- Research.
- How do you feel about the paper?
2. Generate the Possibilities
- Brainstorm on note cards - remember not to judge!
- Talk about it - tape it (don't edit your ideas).
- Journal about the paper, draw it out on paper, doodle ideas.
- Free write ideas and cut and paste.
- What story do you want to tell or points do you want to make?
- Supporting evidence - ideas, points, examples, "quotes"
3. Create a Plan
- Begin to plan at least 1-2 weeks before due date!
- Build a working outline or mindmap.
- Talk to instructor.
- Fill in working outline with examples and quotes.
- Break down the paper and what you need to do into parts!
- Put one-hour slots in your time management book.
4. Perform Your Plan
- Do the tasks as planned over one or two weeks!
- Checklist of parts of tasks or pieces of the paper.
- Keep your sights on personal improvement not grades.
- Special place to write or inspire yourself?
- Edit and transitions.
- When you get it back, use the information as FEEDBACK!