The secret to writing great assignments is all about how you begin and end the process. Take the time to plan and edit to make your writing clear, logical, relevant and … great!
- Plan your time carefully so that you will have time to edit before the due date. Aim to write at least one draft. This will remove the pressure to write perfectly and you’ll build momentum.
- Know what type of assignment you’re writing. Reports, essays, critiques, annotated bibliographies, etc. have different structures, tones and styles. Know the difference before you begin.
- Break the assignment into chunks and divide the word count by the number of paragraphs you plan to write. Start writing whichever paragraph you like: there is no need to write the introduction first!
- Check regularly to ensure that your writing responds to the task sheet, the marking criteria and any other resources available on Blackboard.
- Take short breaks every hour and reward yourself when you reach the end of each section.
- Edit and proofread by asking these five important questions:
- Am I answering the assignment question?
- Do I use clear examples and good evidence to support my ideas?
- Is my assignment organised and carefully structured so a reader can follow my logic?
- Am I referencing correctly and consistently?
- Is my writing formal and free of errors? Am I using the scholarly language of my discipline: the technical terms, words and theories that are used by my lecturers and are relevant to my subject area?
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