If someone tells you there’s a standard for assignment planning out there, you should stop listening to them at once. There is no standard way. The planning depends mainly on your will, resolve, and the way you complete your tasks. Still, in the wake of the urgency, we’ve got you a little something of our own – an infographic developed to guide you through the process.
Read the Course Assignment Instructions Carefully
Instructions are the backbone of any assignment. For example, if you’re asked to write about Inflation in the UK, then you should stick to it. Read all the instructions carefully; don’t end up writing about Inflation in the US.
List the Main Topics
Once you read your instructions carefully, the next step is to list the main topics you think make up the skeleton of your assignment. These main topics should have sub-topics, and so on. Any previous knowledge you have about the subject can give you a lead; however, through research and lectures, you can find all the headings for your assignment.
To make things simpler, you can use paper ‘post-it’ notes. You can quickly move them around to restructure your assignment. Alternatively, you may prefer online mindmaps. Our preferred free Mindmap is XMind; there are however many others out there.
Develop Key Points
Listing topics only give you a window to peek through. As you attend lectures and research the subject, you will find loads of new information which you can include as key points under topics or sub-topics. Here too, you can use paper ‘post-it’ notes or a mindmap since it is not your final submission.
Add Evidence and Examples
Searching for information is one thing; supporting it with valuable evidence and claims is a whole different story. They not only give your writing a proof of logic but also make the reader build trust on the information you’ve provided. So, include searches for relevant case studies and surveys.
Once you’ve collected all the information, stick to the format stated in the assignment instructions. If the format isn’t given, rely on your instinct, and structure the assignment, so each section flows correctly and logically.
The outline gives you a direction to follow. To make it more relevant and informative, add current, credible, professional, and substantive information on all the topics you’ve listed. That way, you’ll add reliable information.
References and Bibliography
Academics hate plagiarism but will credit a student for using extensive citations and a bibliography appropriate for the assignment. Therefore, decide which references you want to include, and with the bibliography add other sources you’ve read but not cited.
After giving your assignment a basic structure, develop it by evolving your thoughts and ideas. That should be the first draft.
Next, look for any essential changes. Refine your key ideas and points. There’s always room for improvement. Don’t pay attention to document proofing for now.
When you’re finally satisfied with all the information and the structure of the assignment, commence checking plagiarism, presentation, spelling, grammar, and everything that will make your assignment perfect.
Print and Bind
If you’ve followed all the eight steps above, your assignment will be ready to be submitted either electronically (check the file format required) or by hand submission after printing and binding. Don’t forget to fill out and attach any forms needed for the assignment submission.
So, hopefully, this was the help you needed. Follow this guidance and see how you achieve those high grades. Good luck!
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