Cubing

Cubing allows you to look at a topic from different perspectives, and it is a good way to examine the topic you have chosen for your paper.


The cube has six sides and each side represents an aspect of your topic. Cubing lets you examine the strengths and weaknesses of the topic you have chosen for your academic paper.

The topic you explore may for instance be a theoretical concept, an event or a piece of art.

Using this method of working with your text may inspire you to get new ideas and new realisations when it comes to the structure and argumentation of your final paper.

  • Step 1: Describe the topic of your paper
  • Step 2: Compare your topic to other topics. How is it the same? How is it different?
  • Step 3: Which associations do you get from the topic? What does it make you think of?
  • Step 4: Which parts constitute your topic? How do these parts fit together?
  • Step 5: How can your topic be used? What can it clarify?
  • Step 6: Which arguments can be made for and against your topic? What are the strengths and weaknesses of your topic?

This content of this page was written by Tine Wirenfeldt Jensen with inspiration from the book Writing by Elizabeth Cowan-Neeld.