6 Useful Tips You Should Know Before to Starting Your Assignment
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An assignment is a piece of work or specified task given to someone, especially students, by the teachers, typically as a part of their studies and job. When it comes to writing assignments, it is difficult to search for conceptualized guide with easy tips that are simple to follow. That’s exactly what this guide will provide: some important and simple tips for students for writing assignments. They may already be familiar with most of these points but it will be good to remind them before they start to write their assignment. By following these points, their assignment will become do-able, interesting and enjoyable. Make sure you follow the steps below, and before you hand in your assignment to the teacher, complete the checklist for good grades.
Step 1: Analyze the question
Before you start writing or working on the question, you need to have a deep understanding of what is asked in the question. Read it slowly, carefully and thoroughly. If the question is long, break it into separate parts; that will allow you to determine the focus and direction of the question and then try to analyze it. Understand what you are expected to do and ask yourself these questions:
- What is the topic of the question?
- What is the question about?
- What am I supposed to do?
Knowing what is asked will develop a sense of planning and drafting of your assignment.
Step 2: Plan
Planning is the most crucial and highly recommended step if you want to get the most out of your assignment. It will keep you focused and on track. This part will help you to examine how long you should devote to this assignment. When planning out your assignment, break down the large portions into smaller tasks. You need to follow these three points in the process of planning:
- Stay focused on answering the question
- Stick to the main points you want to make
Tips for planning:
- Create a plan on the procedures you already know and sources of information you already have, for instance, lectures, seminars, books, etc.
- Look out for the different perspectives there might be on the topic.
- Use a planning technique that suits you, for instance, mind maps. Take a blank sheet of paper and write the topic in the middle. Branching out from the main idea, draw and label lines to represent supporting ideas. You can also include headings/bullet points/sub-headings to plan your idea.
- Create a structure by picking out the most relevant points. If you are writing a report, think about the points that readers would be interested in reading.
- Plan in paragraph, headings or in the section that helps you build a logical structure.
Step 3: Find relevant information
Before you start writing, you need to make sure that you have performed thorough research from the most relevant sources of information. You will find some from your course material and rest from the library. Never rely on web based information, however, although information obtained via the internet is abundant and easily available but it can differ from the information obtained from other mediums.
Step 4: Write
Once you have found the accurate and most relevant information, it is the time to gather all the information and write your assignment. You should try to make more than one draft, it reduces the margin of errors and you can write freely as much as you can without worrying about being 100% right. Don’t spend too much time trying to make your draft 100% accurate. After you have written the first draft, revise it and make sure it includes everything you have to write. Make sure that you keep the copies of your drafts, in case you want to go back.
Step 5: Edit
Once you have completed the final draft, you can improve it by editing it. Check the details and see if the content is logical. Make sure that you have answered all the asked question correctly. If you have copied or paraphrased someone else’s work then cite it. Citation saves you from plagiarism.
Step 6: Proofread
You need to follow the given steps when you are proofreading:
- Check the grammar, spelling, and punctuation of the content.
- You can also ask a friend or a family member to proofread your work, as it is difficult to see the mistakes in your own work.
Author Bio: Julia Morison is a head hunter and a research specialist at Researchomatic. She is the author of many re-known researches such as technological momentum. She is traveler, a blogger, a techie and social activist. When she not in her office, she spends her time writing and educating the masses.