In academic work you need to develop and present your position on issues. You do this by exploring different ideas and bringing together the most relevant reasons and evidence.
Why is it important?
An assignment is an opportunity to present your understanding of a topic and make connections in your knowledge. Although it is important to use ideas from other people to help you do this, it must go beyond repeating what other people have said.
How do I do it?
Evaluate all the ideas you've gained from reading and discussions. Look for how the ideas might connect and build on each other. Create a plan with one main idea for each paragraph, supported by examples and evaluation. You may need to do further research and reading as your perspective on the topic evolves.
Student tips (30 seconds)
Break down your assignment into sections and write bullet points for what you want to include in each section.
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