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The Skills Check is a short survey which should take you no more than 3 minutes to complete. Once you have completed the Skills Check we provide you with a personal learning plan targeted to your personal study needs and goals.

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  2. Core skills
  3. Developing academic English
  4. Structure of text

Structure of text

Organising the response in an appropriate way

  • Is the text organised in a way best suited to the task you were given?
  • Is the introduction appropriate to the type of assignment text?
  • Does each section develop a specific point - with explanations and examples as appropriate - and are the points linked to provide a logical flow of ideas?
  • Are your claims supported by evidence which you have critically evaluated?
  • Does the conclusion follow from the rest of the text?

This experienced OU academic describes one useful approach to organising your information in an essay-style assignment.

Planning your writing

Before you start writing you should have an idea of what the assignment requires of you.

  • Stages in planning assignments gives you an outline of the key stages in planning an assignment, with video extracts offering tips from students.
  • Understanding the question tells you how to identify key words and phrases in a question. Includes activities and video extract with tutor tips.

Overarching structure of your assignment

The following links take you to webpages that help you understand what the overarching structure of your assignment should look like.

Linking ideas into a logical flow

It is important to indicate the relationship between different points and ideas in your assignments. The following activities from the University of Southampton allow you to explore how to link your ideas in a logical and flowing way.

  • Using linking words is an engaging activity demonstrating how you might use linking words in your writing.