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Preparing for your assignment

Your teacher/tutor will provide you with information about how to approach each assignment task and the referencing requirements for each of those tasks. Any queries should be addressed to your teacher/tutor before the due date.

Writing an assignment requires plenty of time. Preparing an assignment schedule can help decide on the timeline of the writing process. You should also allow time for writing drafts and making changes.

 

Before writing your assignment you need to consider the following points:

  • What are the arguments and/or issues for discussion. Map out the arguments or issues to be discussed in your assignment using a mind map (Link to mind map software is located in Resources section at the bottom of this page)
  • Consider the writing style of the assignment - is it persuasive or reporting facts and observations?
  • Sequence ideas to allow your argument/responses to develop logically.
  • Use one idea per paragraph. Each idea contributes to the overall theme of the assignment.
  • Allow an approximate number of words for each idea as well as the introduction and conclusion.
  • Your conclusion will be a summary of the points made throughout the assignment.
  • A dictionary or thesaurus will help you to find words to use to describe what you are trying to say and improves the quality of the assignment.
  • Keep checking your assignment against your mind map to ensure that you are answering the question.

Once you have sorted your ideas into a logical sequence and you have an introduction and conclusion, you can start on the first draft of your assignment.

Don't worry too much about spelling and punctuation at this point. Instead, focus on reading the draft and ask yourself:

  • How well does the essay or report answer the assignment question?
  • Is the message making sense?
  • Are there any areas which need to be clarified or explained more clearly?
  • Is there a smooth transition between the introduction, body and conclusion?
  • Do I need to do more research?
  • Do I have the reference details of research sources used in the draft?

Construct the second draft to revise and reshape the assignment.

  • Check spelling and punctuation - remember spell checkers on computers can help but do not rely solely on them.
  • Check consistency, for example terms used, spelling, capitalisation and punctuation
  • Create a reference list of resources cited in your assignment.

Proofread your final draft:

  • Proofread aloud, this will enable you to hear awkward sentence structures and mistakes in your writing that you do not notice when reading silently.
  • Proofread with a friend. Read it to a friend and get them to check the printed copy.
  • Allow some time between proofreading and submitting the assignment to allow for revising and reshaping.

Have you covered everything required for your assignment?

To help you work this out use this checklist as a guide:

Introduction

  • Does the introduction explain the assignment question?

Body (paragraphs)

  • Does each paragraph contribute to answering the question?
  • Does each paragraph have a clear topic sentence?
  • Does each paragraph concentrate on one idea only?
  • Is the argument supported by relevant sources / reasons / examples?
  • Do the number of paragraphs adequately address all aspects of the assignment question?

Conclusion

  • Does this section provide an overview of the main ideas of the essay?
  • Is any new evidence introduced in the conclusion?

Style

  • Are your sentences clear?
  • Are your word choices helpful in describing what you want to say?
  • Are there unnecessary sentences that don’t add value to the overall essay?
  • Are the paragraphs more than two sentences in length?
  • Does each paragraph connect with those before and after?
  • Is there repetition of information?

Use of sources

  • Are sources current, relevant and authoritative?
  • Are in-text references included to avoid plagiarism?
  • Are references formatted in the required style?
  • Is there a variety of sources – books, reports, websites, articles etc?

Resources

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