When I began my research I started a mind map because it made it easier to organize my ideas and stay focused on the topic. By writing down the key ideas I developed my vocabulary and the different concepts that I had discovered. I could see where the gaps were in my investigation and what I needed to research more about.
After drawing the mind map, I used it to write a plan for my written report. It is important to write a plan when you doing an investigation because you need to follow the points and make sure you are working in the right direction and not getting lost. A plan keeps you thinking about the important points you need to talk about – you need to keep on track.
When I wrote my body paragraphs I used my mind-map to write my topic sentences. Then I organised my supporting evidence under these topic sentences. Lastly, I wrote my concluding sentence. By using a plan I could also check that my paragraphs were in a logical order.
This made writing the report easier as I just had to add linking words.
During this investigation I had to keep track of all of my references, this was important do when I was writing the investigation because I may forget where the information came from and how to add the references to my report. At the same time, I started writing my bibliography.