How to write an outstanding assignment

Nov 14, 2019

Clear arguments. No grammatical mistakes. Make sure you cite your sources. Most students know the basics of writing an assignment and produce passable work using these rules. But for those looking to level up their writing, there are some things you can do to ensure that your assignment is truly outstanding. These tips will help take you from passing marks to top of the class!

- Read the syllabus and the notes from your lecturer. Many lecturers or tutors will provide PowerPoint slides with information about the assignment and what is expected of you. Lecturers typically do not keep their expectations secret and following what they have provided to you is the surest way to attain all possible points.

- Read and re-read the question that you are answering. Then read it again. One of the most common corrections that students face is that they have not answered the question that has been provided to them. It is easy to get lost in the ocean of search results or the temptation to explore related topics that are more interesting to you. Avoid this temptation. Answer the question and ensure that every paragraph and sentence you are writing is advancing that answer.

- Have someone proofread and edit the assignment. While having classmates caste an eye over the assignment will likely be beneficial, providing it to a tutor, editor or even the lecturer (if they’re willing) can bring into focus areas that could be improved that you or your classmates may have overlooked.

- Read and re-read your finished assignment. Then, guess what? Read it again. Some questions to keep in mind as you read it are: is everything properly sourced and cited? Have you contradicted your own argument at any point? Does it make sense? Is it free of grammatical and spelling mistakes? Is there a point and central argument? Is that argument advanced throughout the work?

- Use peer-reviewed sources. Don’t use Wikipedia or other non-credible sites. Your sources will largely form the basis of your own argument and your finished work, so it is important to feed your brain and assignment with the very best.

By applying these tips and focussing on your lecturer’s expectations, you’ll be writing outstanding assignments in no time!

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