An Example Outline

An example outline will help make the essay writing process easier

A male student is sitting at a desk with a laptop. There are many lightbulbs above his head and he looks like he has an idea.
If you have a ton of ideas, but are having a
hard time putting pen to paper, writing an
outline may help! Here is an example outline
to help you in the essay writing process.

Writing academic papers is not easy. Sometimes you may have all of the research done, but just can't put pen to paper. If that's the case, you may need to write an outline. The following alphanumeric example outline was used to write our article explaining how to write an outline:

An example outline

Topic: Discussing the outline—what it is and how to write one.

1. The outline

a. Definition
b. Its necessity

2. Types of outlines

a. Alphanumeric

i. Topic outline

b. Decimal
c. Full sentence

3. How to write an outline

a. Pre-writing steps

i. Thesis/summarizing sentence

b. Brainstorm
c. Organize and order
d. Label

i. Sentence outline
ii. Topic outline

5. Conclusion

An example outline is a helpful visual representation of what your academic paper will eventually look like. Some professors require that you hand in your outline. Before handing in your outline, or to get critical feedback on what you're about to write, send your outline to our essay editors for a second opinion. Check out’s e-book How to Write an Essay in Five Easy Steps to learn more about essay writing.

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