Read the brief carefully for
Check that you know:
- What sort of writing is expected (format, style etc).
- How much research is expected.
Plan your time
Integrate research, thinking and writing
Create a writing plan based on research
- Spidergrams and concept maps are a good start.
- Allocate the word count.
- The first draft will help you clarify ideas.
- You should aim to make your intention/argument clear.
Consider paragraphs as building blocks
- Point, evidence, explain is a good starting point.
- Integrate quotation, paraphrase and summary.
Add references as you go
The introduction and conclusion are important; they need your time and attention
Don’t forget the editing and proof reading!
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