 Assignment Brief Research Time Management Take Notes Assignment Plan Writing Assignment Proofreading
   Read the assignment brief several times and highlight    the keywords   Do I understand the assessment criteria?   W...
   Before starting your research think about:   What information do I need to find?   What do I know already?   Has my...
 Students often feel overwhelmed about their  workload Make a list of assignments and when due Break each assignment in...
   Use bullet points or create a mind map   Write down the main points using keywords and short    sentences   Highligh...
   Help if you are struggling to start an assignment   Introduction- explain the points you are going to make,    how yo...
 Check that the punctuation, spelling and grammar  is correct Do not rely on the computers spellchecker Does the assign...
   Study Skills for Higher Education moodle site   Books on study skills available from Study Centres   S Cottrell, (20...
Planning and writing assignments
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Planning and writing assignments

  1. 1.  Assignment Brief Research Time Management Take Notes Assignment Plan Writing Assignment Proofreading
  2. 2.  Read the assignment brief several times and highlight the keywords Do I understand the assessment criteria? What do I need to do to achieve the criteria? Analyse- What are the main points and why? Compare- What are the similarities and differences and why? Contrast- What is the difference between the two items? Define- What is the meaning? Discuss - What are the most important points? Summarise- What are the main points?
  3. 3.  Before starting your research think about: What information do I need to find? What do I know already? Has my tutor recommended any books or websites? How long is the assignment? You should use a range of information sources e.g. books, journal articles and e-books Use the library catalogue to find out what books are available from the Study Centres Read the assignment brief regularly to check you are finding relevant information
  4. 4.  Students often feel overwhelmed about their workload Make a list of assignments and when due Break each assignment into smaller tasks and estimate how long will take Plan when and where you are going to study Take regular breaks
  5. 5.  Use bullet points or create a mind map Write down the main points using keywords and short sentences Highlight keywords using different colours Do not copy large amounts – plagiarism Keep a list of the books and internet sites that you use
  6. 6.  Help if you are struggling to start an assignment Introduction- explain the points you are going to make, how you answered the question Main body-list main points for each question, support your ideas with evidence from your research Conclusion-summary of main ideas and points, should not contain any new information Bibliography – list of books and websites used
  7. 7.  Check that the punctuation, spelling and grammar is correct Do not rely on the computers spellchecker Does the assignment answer the brief? Do I need to include any additional information? Have I used examples to support the points I have made? Is it referenced correctly?
  8. 8.  Study Skills for Higher Education moodle site Books on study skills available from Study Centres S Cottrell, (2008) The study skills handbook. Study Centre staff – help you find relevant resources and plan and proofread your assignment

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