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Planning and Structuring Assignments

When writing an assignment, the hardest part is often getting started! This online guide covers the key principles of planning your work, including guidance on making sense of assessment criteria along with template structures and paragraphs.


  • Essay questions - explaining common words used in essay briefs/questions
  • Timetable template - you can also use Microsoft / Google calendar
  • Analysis table - writing notes on the literature
  • Essay structure - you can use this as a general guide for a standard essay, although follow any specific structure you’ve been given by your tutors. Before writing your essay, think about what will go into each section. Doing this before you start writing will help when writing & should lead to a clearer essay
  • Assignment calculator planning tool