1.Review the question(5%)
Analyse the question carefully. What are the specific aspects of the question/task?
Determine the directions for the assignment (e.g. to discuss, explain, argue) and the referencing style required.
Understand which writing structure to use and the length of the assignment.
Seek help if you are unsure (your lecturer or ALLSP)
2.Research and gather information(30%)
Finding information can take longer than expected so employ a structured and systematic process.
This may include:
- Brainstorming the topic
- Finding key words
- Using the Library search
- Evaluating the search results
- Skimming and scanning
- Making notes
3.Develop a plan(10%)
Breakdown your assignment into sub-topics.
Revise the structural elements of the assessment (literature review, case study, essay, report, annotated bibliography).
4.Write your draft(30%)
Use your own voice (do not quote)
Paraphrase and summarise
Revise reporting verbs
Make sure you use evidence to support your argument.
Visit the Academic Writing site to get tips on language construction, writing and quoting.
Keep a record of all your sources
Contact the library for referencing help
5.Review and proof-read your draft(20%)
Leave enough after writing your draft time to gain some distance from your assignment before reviewing
Consult the referencing style guide on the library website
There are several video resources that may help you better understand the skills necessary to proofread and format your work
Re-read your assignment
Make sure you know how to submit
View the Learnline Orientation if unsure how to submit