Tips When Writing Assignments

Having a tough time completing assignments? Well we’ve come to the rescue. Use our top tips when writing assignments and complete your essays with ease.

Whether you’re studying an accounting course or matric programme, at some point you’ll have to complete an assignment in your course. But it’s much more than just putting pen to paper. Use our tips when writing assignments and get the best results.

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Useful Tips When Writing Assignments

Assignments play an important role in your studies. The marks received from them could be added to your results. Plus they help you understand your course and prepare you for your final exams. Listed below are useful tips when writing assignments:

  • Make a note of the due date
  • Start ahead of time
  • Do your research
  • Keep all your resources with you
  • Stick to the aim of the assignment
  • Do not plagiarise

Make a Note of the due Date

With so many assignment deadlines to keep track of, you might forget to complete an essay or two. To keep track of all your work, create a study schedule along with all your deadlines.

Start Ahead of Time

Cramming for an exam is a recipe for disaster. And the same goes for your assignments. Be sure to start ahead of time. This gives you enough time to revise and improve your work.

Do Your Research

To understand the topic, you need to do research. You’ll be able to learn and improve your knowledge. Use mediums such as the library and internet to help you with your research.

Keep all Your Resources With you

Once you’ve done your research, keep all your resources handy as you compile your information. Staying organised will help you save time and focus on your work.

Stick to the aim of the Assignment

Read the instructions of your assignments carefully. This will help you answer the question and stick to the aim of the essay. You could lose marks if you stray off topic.

DO NOT Plagiarise

Your assignments display the knowledge you’ve learned. But if you copy the work of others, you won’t learn anything new. Steer clear of plagiarising and paraphrasing. Include in-text citations where necessary.

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The Writing Process

Now it’s time to write your assignment. Dont stress, with our tips you will be able to complete the writing process with ease. For some added help, use our guidelines below on how to structure and write your assignments.

Plan Your Work

If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. So be sure to plan out your work. Create a first draft. Determine which notes you will add to which section. Your assignment should flow. So make sure that it reads like a story with a clear beginning, middle and end. It should include an:

  • Introduction
  • Body 
  • Conclusion

Introduction

Here you will introduce your assignment. Give a brief explanation of what your essay is about. State the aim of your work and what you would like to achieve. Your introduction should be conceptualised. So unless you are writing a thesis, keep your introduction short.

Body

The body of your assignment makes up the most of your work. In this section, you will answer the topic question and explain your ideas. Your body can be broken up into smaller, easier to read paragraphs. Ensure that the ideas in your main body work well with the other paragraphs.

Conclusion

Your conclusion is a summary of your assignment. Your main body has already explained your work, so keep your conclusion short. This shouldn’t repeat the sentences in your introduction and main body. Mention how you have achieved your aim and end it on a high note.

Edit and Proofread Your Work

Done with your assignment? Well that was only the first draft. Now you have to read through it.  You could end up losing marks because of mistakes. So take this time to fix any grammar mistakes and spelling errors. But that’s not all. Make sure you:

  • Answered the topic question
  • Added all the main points
  • Created a flow between sections and paragraphs
  • Added references if needed
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Last Updated: June 3, 2022

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Charnell is a top-class content creator at Skills Academy. She creates engaging content with the aim to provide useful information on distance learning and further study opportunities. Her passion for writing goes beyond her career, as she enjoys writing short stories and volunteering as a writer in her free time. View my LinkedIn profile