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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.
6 Steps to Assignment Success
To learn more about the techniques and skills you will need when writing your assignment, have a look at our ‘Writing your assignment’ webpages.
Think about your revision style and try new tactics to help you absorb information.
Understand how to prepare and produce a well written discussion or argument on a given topic.
Revision timetable template
Use our handy revision timetable template and create a plan for managing your revision. Don't forget to include leisure time!
Access past exam papers
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A great tool for visual learners. Pick an image that you associate with the topic and then add text, links, videos to it that cover the key information. When you need to recall the topic you can mentally work your way around the image and visualise the information you added to it.
You use Padlet to post text, video, images or links onto a virtual wall. This is a really useful tool for revision as you can summarise topics and use the Padlet app to access your summaries whilst you are on the bus!
According to the website you will be able to 'memorize like a pro when you’ve got flashcards in your pocket'. Create flashcards for key topics or theories and use these to test your recall of the topic. If you are studying a subject that requires you to memorize images then you can easily add them to the flashcard.
Writing your research proposal
At some stage in your academic life, it is likely that you will need to produce a research proposal. This guide runs through the various things you will need to include in your proposal.
Writing your dissertation
A dissertation is a chance to show off your knowledge and research. This guide has been written to help you get the most from your dissertation.
Formatting your dissertation
This handbook focuses on a number of Microsoft Office Word tools which can save you lots of time and allow you to work more effectively
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.
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This guide will help you to develop the skills needed to produce a poster presentation that documents the research that you have undertaken including poster design, the selection of appropriate font and colour, and the ability to give a clear and concise oral presentation within a limited time.
You will probably have to give at least one presentation during your time at University. It’s also a skill you might need in your chosen career, or you could be asked to give a presentation at a future job interview. Many people find this a daunting prospect, but there are some things you can do to make the experience a little less painful. This guide will run through some tips to help you do your best in presentations.
IT Training - PowerPoint
Our online and face-to-face training courses will help you to improve your PowerPoint skills.
Scientific writing skills
Writing for scientific purposes calls for precision, clarity and a logical approach. To be able to write effectively you must be able to anticipate the needs of the reader and be able to make what can be a complex area easy to understand. This guide offers guidance on this.
Scientific report writing
A report is the result of an investigation, experiment, or research that presents the findings in one document. You may be asked to write a short report of 1000 words, or you might undertake a research project of 20,000 words (or more). This guide explains how a report is different from an essay and outlines what information you should include.
Writing a scientific paper
As you progress in your studies you may be required to write a scientific paper. This is your opportunity to showcase the research you have carried out and demonstrate your skills as a researcher and writer to potential employers, fellow academics or funding bodies. This guide will show you how to plan your approach and have clear focus.
Business style reports
Writing a business-style report is different from writing an essay. Reports are based on a style of writing that you would usually use in business and are set out in a more structured, concise manner. This guide outlines some requirements and things you should consider when writing a business style report.