Writing skills for assignments and essays

Regardless the size of assignments, students need to understand the importance of the assignment writing skills and executing it well – this will make a happy lecturer and should help you get a good mark!

Writing an Assignment

  • Framework – create a framework of what items you will cover and in what order. Then get your resources in place. 
  • Support - your ideas and theories with valid resources and with correct citation – remember, do not plagiarise! Read Pogojo’s Plagiarism Policy here.
  • Be succinct - in your delivery and avoid adjectives and unnecessary sentences that add no value to your argument.
  • For each idea - state your reasons why and justify it with supporting sources of information or findings from valid literature. This is a cohesive tool to conclude a section adequately.
  • Edit - as you go along. Try to read over each section after you have completed it. It is hard to spot your own mistakes so soon after writing, but you may be able to pick up on some errors and amend them - this saves you from major editing and an assignment overhaul at the end!
  • Conclude - your assignment by reinforcing what was required to be explored, your ideas put forward and the cross section of resources included that supported your concepts.
  • Revisit your introduction and ensure that it highlights the topic being explored, the notions you will examine and the uncertainties that will be reviewed in trying to fulfill all facets of the brief.
If an executive summary or paper overview is required, it is best to write it up once your paper has been completely edited.