While our entire article is about this, in this Section we concentrate on the content strategy and
style. Follow a simple style of writing, free from jargons and complicated sentences. Although
professional researchers do use a fair amount of jargons, that should not overwhelm your subject
matter. Try to keep in mind an imagined audience who is not familiar with your subject matter.
Try to explain each and every term that you use, instead of simply assuming that your audience
is already familiar with the terms. However, your linguistic style should not be too casual as
you are writing for an academic audience. It is also important to be politically correct and
not to use any sexist or racist terms.
A simple style of writing should be supplemented with a forceful argument. However, you should consider
both sides of an argument and come to a possible solution. Think of the Hegel’s formula of reaching
the ultimate truth in universe. A thesis confronts an anti-thesis leading to a synthesis. A good
essay is also like that. You should first state an argument, present a counter-argument and then
reach a possible solution. Try to give equal value to both sides of the argument before reaching
a conclusion. Remember the conclusion should be your own intervention and not a rehash of clichéd
statements. Originality is always appreciated. Further, it is likely that your teachers will
already know what experts have said on the given topic. They will be more interested in knowing
what you are thinking. Always divide your essay into several paragraphs. Doing this will make
your essay look nice and organized. Each paragraph should convey one particular argument or a
thought. Cramming of too much information in one paragraph, writing a paragraph that goes on
forever and haphazardly stating information will ruin your chances of scoring high.
Be careful about spelling and grammar. Students often commit silly mistakes which create a bad impression
on the person who is checking your assignment. If you are using MS word then chances are that
your software will have spell check and suggestions on possible grammatical and syntactical errors.
Alternatively, you can use online tools like Grammarly.com, Reverso.net, Gingersoftware.com,
Spellcheckplus.com etc. Most of these sites are free where you can check for possible errors.
However, a word of advice may be worthwhile here. Do not depend on these tools completely. As
a student of higher academia, you are required to write a language correctly. Most of the universities
in Australia, UK and USA are monolingual. Students are expected to write good English and all
classes are conducted in it. If you are a foreign student hoping to study in any one of these
countries, our advice is that you master the language properly. Universities may conduct special
language classes for foreign students. Take help from such language classes or summer courses
to improve on your linguistic skills.
All these tips might appear to be too much to digest, especially if you are a rank fresher in your
undergraduate course. Whether you are writing for your major subjects or your electives there
is a subtle art to assignment writing.
To master the style of assignment writing read "6 Tips to Write a Good Assignment"