Doing any project takes time and academic writing projects are no exception. Planning it takes time; there's a lot to consider before you even start the planning process.
Here are ten #UoYTips on just that...
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A bit of planning will help you make sure you have time for everything you need to do for your assignments, and it'll help you avoid stress too.
For each assignment:
analyse the assignment question and make sure you understand the task
make a list of all the stages you need to do to write your assignment (see Stages in assignment writing box)
write down your assignment deadline and work backwards from this to plan in the different stages
allow extra time along the way in case something takes longer than you planned for
allow extra time in the writing stage - having breaks between writing sections or drafts can help you when you come to review your work
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Once you've understood the task requirements, done some reading and come up with some ideas for what to include, you can start mapping out your assignment structure.
A good plan is key for a well-structured assignment - don't just launch into writing with no idea of where you're going!
This planning stage can also be a useful opportunity to think more deeply about the assignment and consider how the different ideas fit together, so it can help you develop your argument.
It's ok to make changes to your plan later - you might come up with more ideas, or another line of argumentation while writing. Make sure that you check the structure is still logical though!
Here's a step-by-step demonstration of planning assignment structure:
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