Analyse the task

Confirm what you have to do by establishing some basic information. Check your course outline for assignment guidelines and be certain about the format your assignment should follow. Find out whether it is:

Each assignment has a specific purpose, distinctive components and conventions that you are required to follow.

  • The length of the document you are required to prepare will affect the will affect the amount of research and how much depth you should go into.
  • Analyse the assignment question—read it carefully and make sure you are clear about what you are supposed to do, and the key words, terms and concepts.

See Academic Skills' guide to 'Answering assignment questions' for further details.

See next: Step 2 - Work out your initial ideas

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