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WRITING TIPS
Identify the Supporting Points

 
 

Once you have decided on your topic and your main controlling idea, you need to choose the two, three, or four supporting points about the topic. The topic is what the paragraph or essay is about, the supporting points are the most important things you have to say about your topic. You will have generated the supporting points in your pre-writing activities. The main points should be important, distinct, and relevant.

Important

Each main point should be worth reading and writing about.
 

 
 
Example Topic Main Points
One of these points is not important. Study skills

Summarizing
Time management
Buying notebooks (Not important)
Note taking

 
 
Distinct

Each of the main points must be different from all the others. None of the points should duplicate any of the other points.
 

 
 
Example Topic Main Points
One of these points is not distinct. Advantages of exercise

Keep healthy
Lose weight
Stay in good shape (This is the same as the first one — not distinct)
Get more energy

 
 
Relevant

All the main points should relate to the subject and help develop the reader's knowledge about the subject.
 

 
 
Example Topic Main Points
One of these points is not relevant. Benefits of gardening

Fresh air
Variety of colours (Not relevant)
Physical exercise
Intimacy with nature