Grab the assignment details and some blank paper and follow the tips below to prepare a methodical approach:
- On the assignment sheet, underline or highlight the key points of any statements or elements that you are required to explore.
- Also highlight any further requirements stated on the assignment outline, such as formatting, resource or word limits.
the writing style required for your submission. You should know the
difference between an essay, research report, business plan and all the
other types of writing assignment approaches before getting started.
students do poorly in assignments by not understanding what is required
even though it is written in black and white. This can frustrate
markers but it does make it easier to distinguish good papers from poor
ones. Remember, think of the person marking you assignment, they have
lots of marking to do and you can either make their job easier or
harder by understanding the requirements.
- After establishing
the written requirements, you must understand the components of the
submission. Typically, business plans, essays and other styles of
assignments have standard formats that should be used in your
assignment, including headings, alignment, glossaries, indexing,
referencing and so on. These must be executed in alignment with the
academic expectations of your area of study.
universities are extremely strict on this point. Make sure you utilize
writing guides set by your School or Faculty, or confirm with your
course instructor if uncertain. Students often make the mistake of
submitting an assignment that is acceptable to them or the standards of
another subject, while it is incompatible to actual area of study for
that assignment. For example, the layout for a Law Report may differ
from a Marketing Report and the referencing style may also differ for
the two areas of study.
- Write down or map out a draft
outline of how your written assignment will be structured and the
components that you will be including, along with any subsections for
topics you will be touching on - this will form the framework for your
your research of supporting materials and extract your key findings to
support your ideas that you will put forward in your arguments. Don’t
forget that as you write your assignment, it is likely that you will
need to do more research to back up any new concepts you decide to
explore in your work.
- Grab hold of other similar assignments from past
students or from papers that are available online here at Pogojo.
Having both good and bad examples of assignments can be a worthwhile in
helping you structure your work.
- Lastly, DO NOT Plagiarize! Read Pogojo’s Plagiarism Policy here, but more importantly, make sure
you understand your university’s policy before submitting any work for sale.
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