A guide to writing your assignment

You’ve unpacked the topic, gathered information, and now you’re ready to write your assignment.

If you have been staring at an open Word document for 30 minutes, trying to come up with a good opening sentence, you need to check out our guide on writing your assignment.

When you’re beginning the writing process you’ve got to work out what type of assignment you are writing. Is it a report, essay, reflective piece, or literature review? If you’re not sure, take another look at your assignment information or check with your lecturer or tutor.  This information will help inform your layout, and influence your content.

Literature reviewsreports, and reflective pieces all vary in terms of content and layout, so take a look at our guides so you know what to include and where to focus.

Now, it’s time to get writing. Most academic writing has a similar structure. You’ll need an introduction, body, and conclusion. The writing your assignment guide will give you a detailed overview of what you need to include in each of these sections, as well as how to structure each individual section.

Start writing by creating a rough outline of your structure, and what you intend to include in each section. Try using dot-points under headings to note down key information to include. Then, you can begin filling the sections in!

When you’re done, don’t forget to proofread (it always helps to get somebody else to take a look over your assignment too, as they may catch things you had missed). Don’t neglect your reference list – it needs to be proofread too!


How to ace group assignments

Not all university assessments are a solitary activity. Sometimes you will be required to work on an assignment, project or class presentation with a group of fellow students.

Group work can enhance your social skills, build self-esteem and confidence, and promote tolerance through the sharing of alternative ideas and points of view.

Working in a group will help prepare you for team environments in the workplace and teach you a range of values and competencies that employers look for in graduates.

Here’s some tips to help you work effectively in a group.

Start with introductions and set some ground rules

It takes time for a group of individuals to become a team. Meet your team members as soon as possible and get to know each other.

Decide how the group will communicate. Are you going have face-to-face meetings or communicate online through email or group discussion forums?

Whether you meet in person or virtually, create a schedule of meetings with agendas. Decide on team roles so that everyone keeps on track.

And remember, play nicely with others. Be inclusive and treat each other with respect and courtesy.

Understand the assignment requirements

Do you understand what the assignment is asking you to do? Take the time to analyse your assignment topic. Identify specific tasks and estimate the time required to complete them.

Once you have done this, you will need to prioritise the tasks, set deadlines, and allocate the tasks to team members.

This will ensure work is divided fairly and effectively. Use your meetings to regularly review progress and revise deadlines.

Use technology to collaborate

Get to know your technology. There are so many technologies available to help you collaborate online with your team mates.

From discussion boards, wikis and instant messaging to email, social media and Google Docs.

Make sure you are an active online participant: read, respond and contribute to the group’s postings.

Use effective strategies to overcome problems

Problems may arise within a group for a variety of reasons. They may result from unequal efforts from team members, disagreements about group objectives, clash of personalities, simple misunderstandings and straight-out differences of opinion.

Any issues need to be dealt with promptly and decisively. Learn to effectively manage conflict so you can facilitate discussion and come to a resolution. Contact the lecturer or tutor if a problem is not able to be resolved.

– Extract from Study Smart –


Kick start your study success by attending an earlybird workshop

Quick quiz:

  • Are you starting uni this trimester?
  • Did you find last trimester’s study a challenge?
  • Do you want to further develop your learning skills?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, our earlybird workshops are perfect for you!

Prior to Trimester 2, 2017, we are offering the following earlybird workshops free to Griffith students:

Strategies for study at university
Get an overview of university culture and expectations, and learn some helpful strategies for managing your time and studying effectively. Beginning the trimester with a head start on study and time management will make a world of difference, we promise!

Writing university assignments
Does your assignment writing process involve opening a new word document, and staring at an empty page for 30 minutes trying to come up with an opening sentence? Don’t let assignments get the better of you! This workshop will cover the basics of getting started on structuring and writing assignments, and will help prepare you to smash the next assignment you get!

Researching and Referencing for your assignments
Being able to research and reference is a kinda crucial part of uni. If this seems daunting, come along to this workshop. You’ll gain awareness of the wide range of information resources available at Griffith and learn to identify the principles of referencing and the process of applying them within academic work.

Check out the times, dates, and locations, come along to a workshop, and start trimester two prepared for success!


Assignment trouble? We can help!

Is your assignment a dog's breakfast? Learning Adviser's can help.

Is your assignment a dog’s breakfast? Learning Adviser’s can help.

Is your essay a bit of a dog’s breakfast? There is an argument in there somewhere, but you can’t seem to find it. You might just need some professional help (no, not that kind).

Book a 20-minute Academic Skills Consultation with a Learning Adviser. Learning Advisers are professional educators who can work with you to help achieve academic goals. High distinctions, here we come!

They are located on each campus and can help you improve the structure of written assignments, organise ideas, develop arguments and understand the expectations of university study.

Learning Advisers can also advise you on issues related to academic writing, exam preparation, time management and other academic skills

Individual and small group consultations are offered throughout the year. Appointments are necessary and can be booked online.

Please bring along your assignment question, student identification card, course profile, assignment marking criteria sheet and other relevant course materials.

Bookings for consultations will typically open on the Wednesday before the week of the session. Book an Academic Skills Consultation today.


Assignment trouble? We can help!

You aren't alone! Learning Advisers can help you with assignments

You aren’t alone! A Learning Adviser can help you organise ideas and develop arguments.

Are you struggling to write your assignment? You have accumulated so many library resources on the topic you could build a fort, but you simply can’t structure a cohesive argument!

We’ve got a solution… Book a 20-minute Academic Skills Consultation with a Learning Adviser. Learning Advisers are professional educators who work with students to help you achieve academic goals.

They are located on each campus and can help you improve the structure of written assignments, organise ideas, develop arguments and understand the expectations of university study.

Learning Advisers can also advise you on issues related to academic writing, exam preparation, time management and other academic skills

Individual and small group consultations are offered throughout the year. Appointments are necessary and can be booked online.

Please bring along your assignment question, student identification card, course profile, assignment marking criteria sheet and other relevant course materials.

Bookings for consultations will typically open on the Wednesday before the week of the session. Book an Academic Skills Consultation today.


This Week in the Library – Week 1

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Library and Learning Services workshops are FREE and available to all students, HDR candidates and staff.

To view the entire workshop timetable, please visit the Workshops and Training web page.

Booking is required for all computing and library workshops due to a limited number of places available in the training rooms.

Academic Skills

All sessions are one hour in length unless specified. Booking is optional for Academic Skills Workshops.

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Mon 29/2 10.00 Time management Library (G10_2.25) Gold Coast
Mon 29/2 1.00 Analysing assignment questions Library (N53_1.51) Nathan
Tue 1/3 11.00 Analysing assignment questions Library (M13_2.09) Mt Gravatt
Wed 2/3 10.00 Reading and note taking strategies Library (G10_2.25) Gold Coast
Wed 2/3 12.00 Analysing assignment questions Library (LO3_3.29) Logan
Wed 2/3 4.00 Preparing for Postgraduate study *(PG) Library (N53_1.51) Nathan
Thu 3/3 12.00 Analysing assignment questions Library (S03_2.25F) South Bank
Fri 4/3 10.00 Reading and note taking strategies Library (N53_1.51) Nathan

Computing Skills

Bookings are required for all computing workshops.

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Mon 29/2 12.30 Excel Essentials (3 hours) Library (G10_2.04) Gold Coast
Thu 3/3 9.30 Excel Essentials (3 hours) Library (N53_1.50) Nathan

Library Skills

Bookings are required for all library workshops. All sessions are one hour in length with an optional 30 minute extension for activities and questions.

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Tues 1/3 12.00 Researching for your assignment (1 hour) Library (G10_2.09) Gold Coast
Wed 2/3 12.00 Researching for your assignment (1 hour) Library (N53_1.49) Nathan
Thurs 3/3 12.00 Referencing (1 hour) Library (N53_1.49) Nathan
Fri 4/3 12.00 Referencing (1 hour) Library (G10_2.09) Gold Coast


Tweet tweet… Earlybird workshops are coming

  • A New Year brings new opportunities. In fact, here’s one right now…

EarlybirdEarlybird Workshops will kick off across our Library campuses in early February.

These free sessions offer practical and important info to prepare you for university study.

 

 

 

The workshops cover a range of topics to help you ace uni life, including:

  • Strategies for study at university (2hrs)
  • Getting started on your assignment (2hrs)
  • Get ready to research (1.5hrs)
  • Reading and note-taking (2hrs)
  • Researching and Referencing for your assignments (2hrs)
  • Referencing (1.5hrs)
  • Intro to Griffith’s online environment (1.5hrs) registration required

Take a look at the workshop timetable and decide where you need a little help or attend them all and become a walking Griffith encyclopaedia!

And don’t worry you don’t have to arrive at dawn to attend, but some sessions can be extra popular so make sure you book any that require registration (session bookings open 25 January).

Can’t wait until February? Visit StudySmart the Library’s online tutorial tool. Happy prepping!