Not sure how to start your essay or prepare for a presentation? Worried about how to structure your report? Questioning what a good assignment actually looks like? With encouraging, jargon-free advice and a clearly defined seven-step plan to getting better grades, this book takes the fear out of academic writing and gives you the tools you need to succeed. Punchy and packed with the dos and don’ts of good writing, it helps you improve your grades quickly and with minimal hassle. Covering not just essays, but also group work, reports, reviews, research projects, journaling, and presentations, it provides effective tips on: • Defeating writers’ block • Identifying and using relevant sources • Planning and outlining strategies • Building arguments and providing evidence • Developing critical and analytical thinking • Cultivating writing style • Mastering presentation. Focused on explaining and demonstrating the core requirements of academic assignments through detailed examples, this book provides all the support you need to build confidence and produce high-quality assignments. SAGE Study Skills are essential study guides for students of all levels. From how to write great essays and succeeding at university, to writing your undergraduate dissertation and doing postgraduate research, SAGE Study Skills help you get the best from your time at university. Visit the SAGE Study Skills hub for tips, resources and videos on study success!

Other Forms of Assignment

Other Forms of Assignment


  • Introduction
  • Group Work
  • Reviews
  • Sample Reviews
  • Writing Reports
  • Research Projects
  • Other Forms of Writing
  • Negative and Positive Approaches
  • Conclusion
  • Summary of Key Points
  • References


Some courses will include other kinds of assignment in addition to essays. These non-essay assignments take many forms. In almost all cases the advice of the first seven chapters of this book will be relevant. You will need to read the literature, plan, organise your work, be rational, critical and analytic, and present well-written work in a professional manner and with the correct referencing and so on. In addition to these characteristics of good HE level work, however, these other forms of assignment have additional requirements of their own. It is these additional requirements which we will consider in this chapter. Because you ...

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