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Types of assignment

As you study you might be asked to submit assignments in different formats, such as essays, reports, short-answer questions or oral presentations. This section introduces you to the different formats.

Covered in this section

  • How to approach writing essays
  • The various elements that go into writing reports
  • How to approach short-answer questions
  • Advice on tackling oral assignments (primarily for foreign-language modules)
  • 15 mins to complete this section
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Check your assignment booklet at the start of your studies to find out what types of assignment are expected. Ask your tutor if you need any clarification.

The advantage of tackling different types of assignment is that you'll have an opportunity to develop a wide range of skills. Assignments also provide evidence of your ability to communicate effectively in several ways.

Tackling new tasks such as writing an essay or report for the first time can be daunting, especially if you are new to academic study. But remember that support is available so don't hesitate to flag up any concerns with your tutor as early as possible.

The OU booklet 'Preparing Assignments' gives you further information on this subject.