#LibraryAtoZ – Finish off in style!

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It’s Friday already (yaaay!) and we promised you help with finishing your assignment, so here goes with our 5 steps to success …

Step 1 – Remind yourself.  

Take time to read through the assessment criteria, guidance and your own notes.  Focus on what you need to do so that you don’t waste time and ensure you deliver what’s required.  

Plus, remind yourself of all the help available through our Learning Hub guides! 

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Step 2 – Gather your thoughts.  

Think about how you plan to answer the question or what conclusions you have drawn from your research.  Focus on the end point right from the start so that you clearly take your reader on the same journey.  

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Step 3 – Draft each section.  

Break your assignment into manageable chunks rather than writing it all in one go.  We recommend writing it in this order:

End – Middle – Beginning.

Start with your conclusion so you have it clear in your mind.  Then write up your research or the evidence you found so that it’s a step by step path to your conclusion. This will make writing your introduction easier because you know where you’re going.  

Take a look at our guide on  Structuring your assignment.

Step 4 – Read through.

 Does it make sense? Does it answer the question? Did you miss anything?  

Focus on reading all the way through, don’t be tempted to fix things yet, just make quick notes to come back to once you’re finished.  This will help you judge the whole piece of work without being distracted.  Now you can go back and make the changes.  

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Step 5 –  Proofread.

 This is an essential step so allow enough time to double check your final draft.  Check your word count, format, spelling, grammar and don’t forget your references!

 Top tip – Focus on each aspect individually, this will make it easier to concentrate.  

Take a look at our Referencing guides   and Proofreading help. 



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