Break down the assignment

Think of assignment writing as a series of steps which include the following:

  1. Topic analysis
  2. Brainstorming
  3. Developing questions
  4. Beginning research
  5. Reading critically
  6. Taking notes for assignments
  7. Planning your writing
  8. Structuring your assignment
  9. Editing and proofreading

Working through a series of steps is helpful because:

  • You think about writing as a set of manageable sub-tasks.
  • You are aware of the preparation stages as well as the actual writing stages.
  • You can time manage your assignments more easily.

Plan your steps

Include these steps for each assignment on a semester planner that outlines when you will work on different aspects of each assignment throughout the semester so that you can allocate a reasonable amount of time to each assignment.