Things to remember
The first and most
important point to consider when approaching your assignment is to read the
question and analyse exactly what is being asked for. Is it an essay or a report?
Plan the time until the submission date into three key stages: research, writing,
Research the subject matter of your assignment by using keywords to
search. Scan the abstracts of the
journal articles to identify if the article could be useful and download it so
that you can read it at a later date.
Look for research that is well recognised which provides thought as to
what you want to argue in your essay. For a
critical analysis you will need both supporting evidence and contradictory
arguments which you can refute.
During the writing period
take time to work out what your arguments are and how you will present
them. Each paragraph should have a
different point and, whilst showing contradictory arguments, you should argue why
these are not valid/relevant to your proposal.
Thirdly, take time to read
through your assignment and, ideally, have someone else also read through
it. Do the arguments build up in a
logical way? Are you backing up your
statements and ideas with references? Are you showing a good enough case to
refute critics? Is the document well
written with a sensible flow? Is the
spelling correct and any abbreviations explained? Have you labelled your diagrams and tables?
Allow some time to go through all of the questions above and improve your
assignment by further research, if necessary adding further examples,
correcting grammar and spelling and ensuring there is a convincing set of
arguments which builds up in a logical way.
Finally, make your assignment clear for the reader by adding a cover page and
list of contents which shows the flow of your assignment.