Monday, December 11

How to do Assignments Effectively

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Assignments are dreadful parts of a course but always carry a good weight of the percentage. So, even if you don’t like to do it, unfortunately, you have to do it. So, it is better to have a readymade plan for doing your assignments and deliver when it is needed. Here are some tips for you-

  • Clarify things as much as possible from your course teacher. Verify the approach you are going to take.

  • Discuss the topic with your class friends.

  • Brainstorm the topic. Write down all the points that come to your mind. Then filter them and develop an order. Now you have a rough guideline how you will proceed.

  • Identify the keywords and gather knowledge about them.

  • Read related papers regarding your assignment. Look for recent ones.

  • Try to relate the topic to a current issue or event. This will make your assignment interesting.

  • Use tables or graphs wherever possible to present the information.

  • While reading the papers or journals write down the points that come to your mind. Include those in your assignment. This will make your assignment unique.

  • Be careful of plagiarism.

  • Develop logical arguments. Express explicitly from which point of view you are thinking.

  • Structure your assignment with introduction, body and conclusion/recommendation.

  • Introduction will include context, background, preliminary information etc.

  • Highlight the important points. Give the information in the body in the form of points.

  • Use transitional devices (examples- as we have seen in the previous paragraph, which we will see in the next chapter etc) a lot. It keeps a logical flow.

  • Provide evidence to support your argument.

  • Discuss the controversial issues. Discuss also the opinion in contrast to yours and explain why you still hold your position.

  • Discuss impacts, consequences, and implications where possible.

  • In the conclusion, restate your position and summarize the whole thing.

  • Do not introduce new ideas in the conclusion.

  • Where appropriate, give recommendations instead of conclusion.

  • Finally, it is important to give the reader a feeling that you have addressed the issue thoroughly, answered the questions and explained your position.

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