Easy-to-study studymaterials

5 Structure

Structured Introduction

Make sure to provide a structured introduction of the whole and the separate parts in preparation of the learning process.

Use the quick part ‘Introduction’ in the template[1] to fill out the following sections:

  • Competence-oriented objectives
  • Initial requirements
  • Practical arrangements for the courses
  • Evaluation
  • Study materials
  • Assignments

Well-Organised Structure

  • Spacing of at least 12 points between the lines.
  • Better to use many short paragraphs instead of a few long ones (minimum 6, maximum 10 lines per paragraph).
  • Formulate one thought per paragraph.
  • Use linking words like: first of all, additionally, as well, etc.

Read more on linking words in the manual ‘Easy-to-Study Study materials’.[2]

Text Structure Markers

  • Make use of non-textual elements, like photos, drawings, graphs, cartoons, diagrams or tables.
  • Use extra examples for:
  • Ø concepts, principles or specific terms
  • Use the following text structure markers:
  • Ø Key words: bold (stands out) or italic (retardant effect).
  • Ø Header and Footer: add the title in the footer, page number centred, © year, Name of the institution (see template).
  • Ø Footnotes numbered consecutively.

 In the template – menu ‘Quick Parts’ you can find icons, e.g. to mark important sections , links , self-tests , etc.

Table of Contents, Consistent Numbering and Uniform Headings

  • Use a decimal hierarchic arrangement, (for instance 1.; 1.1.; 1.1.1.) and limit the number of levels of titles (maximum three levels).
  • Use consistent and continuous page numbering that starts at the introduction of the syllabus.
  • Number your images, tables and figures continuously.
  • Titles are concise word groups that represent how the content of the section is organised.
  • Use the same font (Calibri) for all titles and mark them in bold. Titles of the same level get the same point size.

In the Word syllabus template, this is done automatically, provided that you use the predefined styles.


  1. ‘huisstijlgids’ (office applications – Office templates)
  2. Manual ‘Studeerbaar Studiemateriaal’ via http://studeerbaarstudiemateriaal.weebly.com

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