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When your reader says something like: I couldn’t tell where you were going.

To understand what you write, readers need to be able to do 2 things:

  1. See where they’re going
  2. Connect new information to what they already know.

Keeping this in mind can help you to create a more reader-friendly text.

Give your reader a map

Clearly marked paragraphs of one idea each gives your reader a visual road map of the ideas in your paper. Click here to find out more about creating good paragraphs.

Create a breadcrumb trail

Use paragraph transitions that recap where you’ve been and show logical connection with what the reader already knows.

In this example, the writer connects a new idea to one that has already been presented:
While many students are concerned about choosing healthy meals, a visit to the cafeteria shows that the healthiest choices are not winding up on their trays.

Click here to find out more about creating good paragraph transitions.