Online Writing Lab

Roane State Community College

Getting Started: Understanding Your Assignment

Strong papers begin with good planning, and good planning begins with an understanding of the task at hand. If I do not understand my assignment, how can I be expected to execute it properly? The following is a series of steps to help you understand the textual clues within an assignment and apply those towards creating a successful paper.

  2. RE-READ YOUR ASSIGNMENT COMPLETELY! Be sure to ask your teacher for clarification if you still need help! The only way you can know for sure is to ask!
  3. BREAK IT UP! Break up the assignment into simpler, smaller pieces.
  4. ORGANIZE! Create formal or informal outlines.
  5. WRITE! Create a narrowed thesis, and structure a formal introduction to set the tone for your paper.