Assignment Writing Guidance

General Guidance on all written assignments

1. Check spelling!!! – not just spell checks but also proof reading: e.g. on a computer spell check, the word you intend to be ‘but’ could have been mistyped as ‘buy’, and will remain as ‘buy’ as it is not spelt incorrectly! You need to read it through to check for errors such as these.

2. Proof read to make sure the sentences make sense! Although you may feel stupid doing so, it often helps to read an assignment out loud: if no-one will listen, just to yourself will do.

3. Referencing. Remember that you need to cite the page number when taking direct quotations or using someone else’s words!   E.g. Mathers supports this viewpoint through his assertion that, “nursery schools are often full of very snotty children” (1999, p.17).   Check where the quotation marks should begin and end!

4. Bibliography - remember to list all sources alphabetically, and put the place of publication before the name of the publisher!   e.g. Mathers, J (1999) Schoolchildren and Their Phlegm. London: Nonsense Publishers Ltd

5. Remember to put the date accessed for www sources
e.g. Accessed on 17/03/2004

6. Do not use slang or abbreviations! E.g. can’t, shouldn’t, wouldn’t. E.g. “fair deal” “turning up” “this sounds good”

7. Check where capital letters should be e.g. Acts of Parliament!!!

8. Check where apostrophes should be and when colons or semi colons are appropriate to be used. Check there are full stops AFTER brackets.
9. Put in guidance or ‘signposts’ for reader!!! If there is a range of issues that could be addressed acknowledge this and provide your rationale as to why you are choosing to focus on the particular ones you do.

10. Remember to question research and sources that you use: be critical of what you find. If you cite a study it is an opportunity to assess its validity/ reliability e.g. sample size, background of the researcher, subjectivity, etc.

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