When you have analysed your assignment question, found, read, evaluated and taken notes from quality sources, you are ready to start writing.

You need to put together or synthesise your ideas with those you have found in your sources, while acknowledging (referencing) the ideas of others. Remember, there is often more than one interpretation or approach to a topic. Once you have done some writing, you need to return to the research process and rework your initial thesis statement (your argument).

The sections in this module will outline details of the various assignment types you may be asked to write: essays, reports, reflective assignments, case studies and literature reviews. Use the headings at the top of the page to find the information relevant to you. You may find our other modules on Analysing the brief, Finding information and Reading useful for unpacking and planning your assignment.

Your assignments may have specific requirements that are not laid out in this module. Check your assignment brief or unit guide for instructions regarding formatting and referencing and ask your lecturer or tutor if you are unsure.

What you will learn

  • Your writing style and how to make the most of it
  • The different forms of academic writing for your assignments
  • The structure and mechanics of writing sentences, including how to use punctuation effectively
  • How to edit and proofread your assignment.

Assignment type and purpose

Have a go at matching the definitions to the assignment types below. Each of these assignment types are explained in more detail throughout this module.