A Seven-Step Plan for Writing, Editing and Revising your Assignments

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Writing assignments can sometimes be a daunting and time consuming task. However, a lot of people fuss and worry for no reason when there are only seven easy steps to follow in order to produce a well written assignment.

By prewriting, you are in fact, writing down everything that you currently know on the subject. This is done before any additional research or reading is done to determine your own thoughts and feelings on the issue. In doing prewriting, you can easily spot your own train of thought on the subject and determine what side of the argument you will take or what your opinion on it will be.

Try to keep it basic and simple so that you may add on to it, or integrate it with the research you have done or will do. By doing this, it will give your theory or argument direction and determine its flow.

By using the prewriting as a guideline, write the first draft of your paper. Be sure to include the research you have done, to support the statements that you are making, including your own personal statements. This shows the reader a more personal side to you as well as an interest and intensity to this topic, which will make it easier to read when the reader can better associate with the theme along with the writer.

Be sure to create a chronological and coherent structure when drawing a layout for your paper, this will make it easier to write and follow the composition.

It is important that if there is a certain word count given that you stay within its limit or perhaps you can write more than was asked for in your draft, so that you can easily and skilfully edit your paper before continuing with your final paper.

Once you have completed your first draft, you can start by editing it. This is done mainly to assess and verify the content and course of your paper. Then, revising your paper allows you to change the relevant information that was extracted from your secondary or external sources in order to corroborate your theory or point of view. Revising also lets you change and manage the structure and information therein to encourage the movement of the discourse.

Every step in this process is to improve on the quality of the original statement you made in the prewriting phase, therefore it is of great value to add the opinion of someone you know and trust by letting them proofread you paper. After having edited your paper a second time, you also move on to a secondary form of revision; checking your assignment for spelling and grammatical errors or changes.

A hardcopy is always easier to edit and proofread, it also makes it easier to read and correct mistakes that sometimes go unnoticed when reading from a computer. Confirm with your lecturer or reader their preferences concerning format and other requirements concerning the presentation of your assignment, before handing it in.


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