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:
Construct the second draft to revise and reshape the assignment.
Proofread your final draft:
Have you covered everything required for your assignment?
To help you work this out use this checklist as a guide:
Use of sources
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