Preparing to write
Before you begin to write, you should plan your assignment carefully. This includes understanding the assignment type and assessment brief, gathering the right information, and organising your ideas.
The Royal Literary Fund’s toolbox of essay writing skills and resources can help you get started.
How to write
Writing critically, understanding structure and style, and getting the basics like grammar and vocabulary right are all important academic writing skills.
Our guide to writing has more information about creating a first draft, writing critically and using tools to make writing easier.
Tools to help with writing
Make the process of writing easier by learning how to use Microsoft Word effectively, including things like formatting headings to help structure your assignment, adding page numbers, or inserting a table of contents.
If you find thinking out loud easier than writing, use tools like Dictate in Office 365. This lets you use your voice to create documents, notes, emails, or presentations.
Editing and language tools can help you with your grammar, style, and with the level of your writing.
If you need something to help with spelling, punctuation and grammar skills (SPG) you’ll find apps, podcasts, videos and books on the University’s resource list.
Help with writing
Make use of feedback
One of the best ways to learn is to look at the feedback and comments you receive for your assignments. Our guide to feedback shows you how to make the most of your tutors’ comments and explains what some common feedback means.
Find feedback on your assignments through Turnitin (video 1:22). Check Blackboard for information about grade and feedback release dates.
Referencing your assignments
Referencing isn’t just about having full stops and commas in the right places, it helps you show where your ideas come from and make sure you can’t be accused of plagiarism.
Different subjects use different referencing styles. Our referencing guide helps you work out which style you should be using and how you should use it.
Cite Them Right is a handy tool full of examples and help so you can format references correctly.
The Cite Them Right tutorial will help you understand how to reference both in-text citations and reference lists.
Help with referencing
Contact askalibrarian or use Library Services live chat if you get stuck with referencing, or book an appointment with your Academic Liaison Librarian.
Submitting your assignment
Run through these final checks before you submit your assignment.
Submitting via Turnitin
You will usually need to submit your completed assignment via Turnitin (video 2:06) in Blackboard.
Using the originality report
You should be able to submit draft versions of your assignment multiple times before the assignment deadline. The Turnitin originality report will help you check that you haven’t plagiarised and have referenced everything correctly.
Submitting video assignments
Video assignments are submitted via Blackboard using Panopto (video 2:51).