The University of Sydney The Write Site
Home Glossary Site map Help
Module 1: Grammar Module 2: Sources Module 3: Structure
Home » Module 3 Unit 1: Planning your essay » Grouping your source material - page 2/8
Unit 1: Planning your essayUnit 2: Structuring paragraphsUnit 3: Introductions & conclusionsUnit 4: Writing persuasivelyUnit 5: Writing cohesively

Techniques for grouping information

There are a number of techniques you can use to help you make sense of the source material you come across in your research and reading. Here are some examples of such techniques:

Click on each image for more information on each of the techniques.

A synthesis grid
A mind map
A concept map or tree diagram

These techniques all help you order your information and see connections between different pieces of information.


The more time you spend and the more detail you include in any one of these three alternatives, the less work you will have to do later.

In this section, we are only going to focus on the first technique, the synthesis grid. If you want more information on the other two techniques, take a look at these links:

Mind maps

Concept maps

Now go to the next page to see the benefits of using a synthesis grid.