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Don't be daunted by the prospect of your assignment. There is no single correct way of planning how to write your assignment. However there are some common principles and if you work your way through the stages described below you'll be on the right track.
Try to plan ahead and allow plenty of time to read the assignment booklet and make sure that you understand the question. It might take longer than you expect to finish your first assignment but, like all study skills, it’ll get easier with practice.
"This year I was so busy at work, I just had time to do enough to pass the module."
Start by think about how much effort you are able to put into writing your assignment. Not all students want to 'ace' every assignment ... sometimes just doing enough is fine. So, first, decide what you want to achieve and what is realistic for you to achieve.
Read the module assessment guide to find out
OU student, Michael, describes his initial approach to the task of assignment writing.Sign in to view this video
OU students Lynn and Mel explain the importance of preparing a schedule when working on assignments.Sign in to view this video
The OU booklet 'Preparing Assignments' gives you further information on this subject.Sign in to read this booklet