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23 - Open Up your Writing.

Use Lots of White Space.

Using Paragraphs

Open Up your Writing.


It is important to make your report or essay as readable as possible. A common mistake students make is to write huge paragraphs. Sometimes these can be hundreds of words long.

You need to “open up” your writing. This means break it down into smaller pieces for your reader:

– Use smaller paragraphs

– Use headings

As an example of how difficult it is to read paragraphs where everything is thrown in, here is part of a knitting pattern for a beanie:

The Cat’s Beanie Pattern

Can you imagine trying to use this pattern. It is all so jammed together that you are sure to make a mistake. It is a nightmare to read.

Some students present essays and reports in this style. It makes it very hard to mark.

Teachers and management in companies hate it !

Now lets try the pattern “opened up”:


Obviously this open professional format is easier to use. By doing this with your assignments, you will help ensure you get every mark your work deserves.



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