Writing assignments becomes a daily grind for students who venture into the tertiary level of education. For some, it might be as daunting as it is rollicking for others. As any other academic-related issue, writing assignments circles back to fastening the belts of discipline, planning, and execution. Given below are the essential steps that confirm you warranted success in writing assignments.
Step (i): Marking the deadline and preparing a schedule
Beginning your journey with marking the deadline primes you to take focused effort and be alert of reality. Chalking out a timetable only keeps you grounded within the required commitments.
Step (ii): Reading, interpreting and analyzing the assignment question
Next, thoroughly read the question that you'll be working on. Make sure you understand completely the meaning and purpose of the question. Furthermore, critically evaluate the question, identify when it demands you to compare and contrast or analyse the cause and effects or simply give a breakup of a topic. Tripping here would completely foil the rest of the assignment.
Step (iii): Research for further information and make notes
Use available resources such as newspapers, journals, reference books etc. for substantiating and proving your own original ideas. Note down the information collected along with the correct reference particulars to be added.
Step (iv): Devise the thesis statement
Read through the amassed information. Post that, frame the basic thesis statement that your assignment will be premised on. The thesis statement should serve as an answer to the assignment question.
Step (v): Plan your assignment's structure and flesh out
Typically, assignments adhere to a basic structure comprising of introduction, discussion and conclusion. In the outline, simply write the keywords and examples that will feature in each component. In introduction, one has to describe a brief overview, context (the issues that you'll be discussion and the thesis statement. The discussion paragraphs have the following structure : Topic sentence (describes the main idea of the paragraph), Substantiating statements or examples (examples will exemplify your understanding of the main idea) and a conclusive sentence that'll effectively link the topic sentence to the thesis statement. Finally, the conclusion passage will link the entire discussion to the thesis statement and highlight your remark and comment on the issues discussed.
Step (vi) : Referencing
All the references fished out from the secondary sources should be properly cited in-text and in the citation, page adhering to the guidelines set by the chosen referencing style such as APA, MLA, Harvard, and Chicago.
Step (vii): Proofreading and editing
Finally, check for spelling and grammatical errors. See if you have answered the assignment question if the assignment is structured correctly, if there are coherence and logical sequencing. Watch out for possible exceeding of the expected word count.
Writing an assignment is a meditation on a set topic which will, for sure, expand your subject knowledge if the above steps are followed with precision and sincerity.