How do I write assignments?


Assessment at the tertiary level tends to be via written communication, and is most likely the main form of assessment you will experience in off-campus learning. Your reader - your marker - gathers from your assignments an idea of your knowledge, your understanding, the reflection you have carried out, your engagement and appreciation of the task and field of study. On this basis, you receive a grade. Refer to Improve your academic outcomes with Assessment for further discussion in this area: for example, What's the difference between pass, credit, distinction and high distinction?, How can I be more strategic in my assessment?, and How can I improve my marks?.

Getting started

Explore the guidance offered for those starting their learning journey, with guidance on you as a learner, being strategic, orienting yourself to assessment, and so on.

Choose a recommended resource from the Library to help you appreciate the concerns of your particular discipline and to write for it using the accepted conventions.

Work through the excellent resources available in Language and Learning Online for Writing in general, as well as Writing in subject areas.

Improving your results

Again, re-acquaint yourself with disciplinary requirements and check out writing in Language and Learning Online as well as tutorials and examples in reading, study skills, grammar and so on.

Improve your academic outcomes by working through a range of resources; for example, organising your study, assessment, referencing, postgraduate study, research.

Writer's block

Sometimes, writing itself can be the problem! Check out Learning support for Higher Degree Research Students for methods for dealing with writer;s block and working through some thinking strategies. Consider, too, how you might expand your repertoire of learning approaches and extend your writing skills.

You could also ask for a learning consultation with learning support lecturers.