Tips from the top – Oct/Nov 2018
When writing an assignment, it is easy to just jump straight into the main body of your answer, but from past experience I find it best to create a basic structure
You’ve probably heard this a million times, but it is very important to first read the question thoroughly to figure out what it is asking you to do. Look at the terms within the question. Does it ask you to briefly describe something, or does it ask you to analyse and explain in detail? Are you required to add advantages and disadvantages or identify problems and solutions?
Look first at how many words you can write for your assignment. Everyone writes an assignment differently, so this is important. Also look at how many questions you need to answer and whether they are of equal value in terms of marks. If, for example, the assignment asks you to write about 3,000 words and there are three questions set, does each question require you to write 1,000 words? Again, it is important to look at those key terms within the question. If it asks you to briefly describe something and another question asks you to analyse and explain in detail, then you need to write in more detail when analysing and explaining.
Looking more in depth at how to structure your assignment questions, I will explain some top tips that have helped me, such as that there will be keywords you need to look at within the question.
As a starting point, I would use the PDF format of your revision book. This is found on Revision Mate and helps you search for certain keywords in the text. This is a good start. Moving further on from this – if the question asks you to consider an insurance organisation, make sure you choose a company that you are familiar with. I would also suggest looking at past papers, so you can see how answers can be structured.
Everyone has their own way of working but again, this is a good start. Writing your plan down on sticky notes can also help with structuring your answer, as it allows you to rearrange your arguments.
IT ALL COUNTS
Another top tip: don’t forget that your bibliography goes towards your mark! Don’t wait until to the end of your assignment to start your bibliography; make sure you do it throughout your assignment. When you’ve used a website or book, write it down and also write the date down because, I can assure you, you will forget it by the time you’ve finished your assignment.
On a separate note, I would like to finish by saying a huge thank you to a lovely man who rang me the other week to congratulate me on my achievements. Firstly, thank you for reading my blog; and secondly, it gave me a boost of confidence which I am very grateful for. I always feel it is best to surround yourself with positive people who want to see you strive for and achieve your aspirations.
Anna Barnes is compliance & technical services assistant at Munich Re
Three things to take away
Read the questions carefully and thoroughly
Use the online PDF format of the revision book to search for keywords
Don’t wait to start your bibliography until you’ve finished your assignment
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