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6 Steps to Assignment Success

Viv says...

Review

It's really important that you understand what you have been asked to do and that you plan how you will answer the question. It is definitely time well spent. It will help you to focus your search for supporting evidence, give clear purpose to your reading and note taking and will hopefully result in a well-structured essay. So, don't be tempted to skip this step as it will save you time as you move through the different stages of writing your essay.

Topic Overview

The basic principles of planning your assignment

Are you struggling to know how to get started with your assignment? The first step is to ANALYSE and PLAN. In this short eLearning course you will learn how to identify the instruction and key words in the question and how to use those to plan how you will answer it.

Basics

eLearning

40 minutes

Develop your Knowledge

Types of information

This eLearning will help you understand what information sources are available to you, when to use them and how to find them. It has been designed to allow you to dip in and out as you need.

Understanding information

Basics

eLearning

25 minutes


Planning ahead: making your search work

This resource explores the process of planning a search to ensure that you get the best results for your work. It also highlights techniques you can use to refine your searches if you don’t get the results you expect first time around.

Finding information

Advanced

eLearning

30 minutes

Roy says...

Roy

Academic reading techniques help you identify, develop and retain the evidence and ideas you will use in your assignments. They can help you produce better work in essays and exams alike, especially when supported with good note-taking skills. These techniques are also a transferrable skill set, and can help in your future professional career.

Topic Overview

Read and make notes

If you are feeling overwhelmed by the amount of things you have found to read, our introduction to academic reading and note taking will guide you through some simple techniques to help you focus your time and get the most out of the material you have found.

Basics

eLearning

40 minutes

Develop your Knowledge

Note taking

Academic writing

Basics

Video

7.22 minutes


Get more from your academic reading

This learning unit assesses five reading strategies that can enhance your learning and help with workload management. There are questions for you to answer in each section as well as key tips for you to take away and use.

Academic reading

Advanced

eLearning

20 minutes


Reading and note making

You will spend a lot of your study time reading about your subject and taking notes from books, lectures, journals and other sources. This is a guide to how to get the most from your reading and notes.

Academic reading

Academic writing

Basics

Study Guide

20 minutes

Critical Analysis

This eLearning will introduce you to critical analysis and help you to understand the difference between descriptive and critical writing.

Academic thinking

Basics

eLearning

20 minutes


Critical analysis of a journal article

During your time at university, it is likely that you will be asked to critique or analyse a journal article. But what does this actually mean? In order to write a critical analysis of an article, you need to take several things into consideration. This guide will look at these things in detail.

Academic reading

Advanced

Study Guide

25 minutes

Lynne says...

Lynne

There's a lot involved in writing your assignment. Most importantly, you need to answer the question. To do this you need to form a clear, structured argument and provide evidence to support you argument. You also need to write in an academic style which means using appropriate language as well as paraphrasing, summarising, quoting and referencing your sources correctly.

Topic Overview

Write your assignment

You have planned, searched, read and made great notes. If you have done these stage well, you should have a clear idea about how you will answer the question and what your main arguments are. Now you need to WRITE YOUR ESSAY!

Basics

eLearning

40 minutes

Develop your Knowledge

Introduction to referencing

This resource explores what referencing is and why and how you do it.

Academic integrity

Basics

eLearning

20 minutes


Referencing

Our referencing web pages contain all the resources to need to get your references right. We have an online guide to referencing everything from books and journal articles to blog posts and You Tube videos. There is also eLearning to help you understand what referencing is and guidance on how to manage your sources.

Academic integrity

Basics

Webpage


What is plagiarism?

This resource explores what plagiarism is and how to avoid it.

Academic integrity

Basics

eLearning

15 minutes


Avoid plagiarism and get better marks

This online resource introduces how to paraphrase, summarise, quote, in-text cite and reference in order to avoid plagiarism and get better marks.

Academic integrity

Basics

eLearning

20 minutes

Writing your assignment

An assignment is something you’ll be asked to produce as part of your course, and is usually assessed. There are many different types of assignment, so make sure you understand which kind you have been told to do. This guide will give you some tips to help you get started.

Academic writing

Basics

Study Guide

15 minutes


Spelling and apostrophes

There are many words in the English language which are commonly misspelt. It’s important to check your spelling and to be accurate in your academic work, and when applying for jobs. This guide will show you how to avoid some of the most common errors.

Academic writing

Basics

Study Guide

25 minutes


Reviewing Literature and Paraphrasing

Whether it is part of a larger assignment, or a standalone piece in itself, a literature review covers the process of reading, reviewing, and evaluating a selection of sources about a particular topic. You are being asked to look at what other authors have said and to analyse and assess their contributions. This guide will help you to get started.

Academic writing

Advanced

Study Guide

25 minutes


Reflective Writing

It is likely that you will be asked to write at least one reflective essay. Many students find this difficult, because reflective writing is quite different from other assignments and discussing your own feelings and performance in academic work can be tricky at first. This help guide will take you through the process of producing a reflective essay.

Academic thinking

Advanced

Study Guide

20 minutes


Writing at Masters level

Doing a Master’s degree involves a lot of aspects which will be familiar from a Bachelor’s degree programme, but there are some crucial differences. This is a guide to how to approach a Master’s degree and the work involved, which will highlight the areas that Master’s students should be concentrating on in order to succeed.

Academic writing

Advanced

Study Guide

25 minutes

Microsoft Word

If you need to brush up on your Word skills, visit our IT and Digital Skills pages for guides, online tutorials and workshops.

Digital fluency

Basics

Webpage

Sue says...

Sue

Leave yourself plenty of time to review your work, don't underestimate how long it takes. Make sure you have answered the question, proof read your work carefully, you don't want to lose marks for simple mistakes. Check your references and citations and finally make sure that you know how to eSubmit your work and give yourself time to do this - technology doesn't always do as you would expect!

Topic Overview

Review your work and submit it for marking

The hard work is done. You now need to learn how to proof read and submit your work.

Basics

eLearning

20 minutes

Develop your Knowledge

Proof Reading

You may think that proofreading is just a ten minute job which involves checking for typos and spelling mistakes. It is so much more than that, and done properly, can mean the difference between a pass and a fail. This guide explains all.

Academic writing

Basics

Study Guide

15 minutes

eSubmission

Turnitin is used for the eSubmission of your assignments. It is an online tool that you use to upload your work so that it can be marked by your tutor. You access Turnitin from Blackboard. This page contains all the guidance you need to eSubmit your work for marking.

Assessment

Advanced

Webpage

1 minute


Marking and classifications explained

If you want to learn more about how your assignments are graded there is some helpful information on this page.

Assessment

Basics

Webpage

Catherine says...

Review

So that you can improve and develop your skills, it is important that you reflect on how you did. This means thinking about how you approached the assignment - what went well, what would you do differently next time? You also need to read, understand and learn from the feedback you are given by your tutor so that you can carry on doing the things you did well and improve on the areas that lost you marks.

Topic Overview

Assignment Feedback - Glossary of Terms

Sometimes markers give you feedback and you have no idea what it means! This glossary explains some of the most common things along with suggested actions to consider and related resources.

Basics

eLearning

15 minutes

Develop your Knowledge

Making the most of feedback

It is not uncommon for there to be confusion about what actually counts as ‘feedback’, and in particular how it can help you develop your own skills of evaluation so that you get better and better at judging the quality of your work. This guide should help answer some of the questions you may have.

Academic thinking

Basics

Study Guide

20 minutes