When you have analysed your assignment question, found, read, evaluated and taken notes from quality sources, you are ready to start writing.
You need to put together or synthesise your ideas with those you have found in your sources, while acknowledging (referencing) the ideas of others. Remember, there is often more than one interpretation or approach to a topic. Once you have done some writing, you need to return to the research process and rework your initial thesis statement (your argument).
The sections in this module will outline details of the various assignment types you may be asked to write: essays, reports, reflective assignments, case studies and literature reviews. Use the headings at the top of the page to find the information relevant to you. You may find our other modules on Analysing the brief, Finding information and Reading useful for unpacking and planning your assignment.
Your assignments may have specific requirements that are not laid out in this module. Check your assignment brief or unit guide for instructions regarding formatting and referencing and ask your lecturer or tutor if you are unsure.
What you will learn
Your writing style reflects how you approach your assignments. Are you a planner, or do you prefer to write on-the-go? The quiz below will help you to determine your writing style and how it may be useful for different assignment types.
Have a go at matching the definitions to the assignment types below. Each of these assignment types are explained in more detail throughout this module.