There are a few tips to writing your assignments. These are familiar points but it will be good to remind yourself assignment. Follow these steps below, and before you hand in your assignment, complete the given checklist. These tips are ordered into 3 sections, which you need to consider when writing a masters level assignment:
• evidence base
• critical thinking
The steps need to follow while preparing your assignment are
• Read the question asked you in assignment rewrite them question in your own language.
• Read all parts of the question as well as different sub questions of it?
• Draft a structure for your assignment, having a key headings with bullet point list that you want to comprise sections - in a sequential order, to present the information in a specific pattern. Set a draft structure of the assignment with your tutor –it should be before 3 weeks of deadline, otherwise you will not get time for feedback that should not longer than 2 pages. There should only headings and key points for all section - not full sentences.
• Search the related content on internet and resources for references in your support claims.
• Make a list of all references in write format – identify the specific school format i.e., APA or Harvard format
• Summarises the evidence and the reference of the assignment.
• Write down 2 points of the limitations of each piece of evidence
BEFORE submitting your assignment, please check that there is: • word count of assignment
• mentioned title, introduction and conclusion
• Should include answer to every question (and sub questions)
• Re-read text and highlight all claims and collect evidence for each claim
• Check all figures and tables with reference
• It should be clearly mention in the assignment what are your own thoughts and what are those of another person.
• a list of references should be there in the end of the assignment
• It should not have plagiarism - direct copying and pasting of other people’s text that you did not write. Use the Turnitin checker for exact report.
Tips on how to Structure an Assignment
Outline: Before writing your assignment it would be better to write an outline for your assignment which includes the main points to be discuss. This will save you time, help you systematize your ideas, enable you conduct well-organized literature searches.
Introduction: It is essential to start your assignment with a clear introduction that should also have a brief background mentioning what the assignment will discuss, the aim/purpose of assignment and a certain lines to indicate how the assignment is structured/ organised. There should usually be include 1-2 paragraphs.
Eg: This is an example of how the points mentioned above were included as part of the overview for an assignment on the obesity epidemic topic and efforts being made to tackle it.
Background: Obesity is public health challenges of the twenty first century as its occurrence of increasing at an alarming rate in both developing and advanced countries.
Aim and structure: Assignment should have a pattern of development of the obesity epidemic. It should also seeks to examine how globalisation, trade and debt have fuelled the problem. In addition, the assignment will examine the interventions that are addressing this issue this is an example of how the points should be mentioned above were included as part of the introduction for an assignment on the obesity epidemic and efforts being made to tackle it.
Continuity of ideas: This is especially important to write the middle part of assignment. Ensure continuity of ideas both between paragraphs so that the reader is able to understand the thought/ argument effortlessly. There is a general rule, to discuss main point of your assignment in a different paragraph.
Use of ‘I’ and ‘you’: In Academic writing, avoid using ‘I’ or ‘you’ in your assignment. Construct your arguments by including evidence and views from various sources and different perspectives so that you create a clear, unbiased picture. In case you want to include your opinion, then do it indirectly. For eg: Include your opinion by saying ‘in my opinion, implementing such an intervention is difficult because….’ instead of ‘I think implementing an intervention is difficult because...’
Bullets and numbering: Paragraphs are chosen insist of bullets and numbering in academic writing and this will give opportunity to discuss each point further.
Use of examples: It is vital that your assignments reflect that you have a clear understanding of a given topic which has been gained and searched from multiple sources and that you are able to identify weaknesses and strengths of related topic. In the end you are able to apply this knowledge practically. Examples in your assignment can be a useful way to illustrate all of the above. Wherever possible, explain the inferences that can be drawn from included statistics/ figures/ tables and the relevance of these.
Word Count: Ensure that the word count of your assignments are not below or above the suggested word count, drawing up an outline can help you avoid both these condition.
Inclusion of tables and figures: The Tables and figures should be effective to convey information to the reader without distressing word .Also, clearly notice the reader for each table/ figure from the appropriate part of the main assignment. There should be clear headings for each table/ figure and clearly mention the source both with the figure/table and in the bibliography.
Conclusion: This is your final chance to amaze the reader by making it powerful. Most conclusions include three main parts aim/ context of the assignment, followed by a very brief summary of the main point’s, your final comments often considering the future