Reading the Assignment
Carefully reading your assignment is the first crucial step in creating a paper that hits all the requirements your professor wants. You probably have different assignments for different classes on top of everything else in your busy schedule, so it’s easy to miss a key element.
Here are some suggestions to ensure you understand your requirements and what the purpose of your assignment is. Remember to ask your professor about anything confusing.
Read the assignment the entire way through once. This gives you an overall view of what is going on.
Mark (highlight) the portions that you absolutely must know. This information may include:
- Due date,
- How many sources, what types of sources
- Page length,
- Format (MLA, APA).
Mark (highlight) important phrases. Does your professor repeatedly use specific words in class? If these are in the assignment, you know your professor wants you to use them in the assignment.
Think about how you will address the assignment. The assignment contains clues on how to write the paper. Your professor will often describe the ideas s/he wants discussed either in questions, in bullet points, or in the text of the assignment.
Ask your professor questions if you have any.