12927618485_ee29aa8fd7_zOnce you have gathered together selected sources or experiences for further development or experimentation – this could be for a piece of academic writing or for studio based work – it is worth spending some time to edit the information you have gathered.

  • Categorise: if you have gathered together a selection of photographs connected to a theme such as ‘flowers’, look at the images, texts and objects you have gathered and organise them according to categories relevant to your research. If your research is tactile it would be interesting to look at how different sources demonstrate texture and material.
  • Define: if you are using terminology or particular phrases to describe your categories of research,  in studio or in academic writing, it is important to define these terms. This will ensure you are clear, but also ensure your tutors will understand exactly what you mean. If your tutors understand your process it will improve the quality of their feedback and guidance.
  • Label: if you have a variety of methods of documenting or recording your process, remember to label the various books/folders/blogs so that their function is clear. Again, this is useful for you as a researcher, but also useful to help your tutors navigate their way through your research and provide accurate feedback and guidance.

With academic writing it would be useful to label your paragraphs to gain an overview of the main sub topics within your writing. This helps to avoid repetition and to ensure you don’t deviate from the essay question or research theme.

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