Assignment Writing Help: 10 Secrets for Getting Better Grades

Getting better grades on your writing assignments is not difficult. There are basic keys to writing any type of assignment.

  1. Spelling
  2. Grammar
  3. Punctuation
  4. Outline
  5. Focus
  6. Development
  7. Organization
  8. Audience
  9. Research
  10. Format/structure
  • Spelling- You can write the most brilliant paper ever written in history but even one spelling mistake can ruin it. A key to spelling is; if you are not sure, find a synonym, or like word you do know how to spell. It is much better to use a lesser word than a misspelled word.
  • Grammar-Spending time studying grammar basics! Beginning a sentence with “And”, while the rule can be broken, it is overall generally poor grammar.
  • Punctuation- The little things matter! The misused apostrophe is a great example of the importance of punctuation and how one little comma can change the meaning drastically. For example: “Let’s eat, grandma.” vs. “Let’s eat grandma”
  • Outline-Creating an outline when writing is one of the most useful things you can do to improve your grades. The general rule of thumb is:
    • Introduction
    • Hypothesis
    • Main body/argument
    • Conclusion

    Building an outline is an important tool in writing. It is from this point you can expand upon what you are writing.

  • Focus-We live in a society of information overload. Focusing your thoughts and writing on the topic at hand without using irrelevant material is paramount in improving grades. While we use the internet for research it is suggested shutting off your computer to write.
  • Development-In order to develop the body of your work, a key success is to start with the smallest fact or event and grow the body to the largest or most important concepts.
  • Organization-Writing topics are organized into paragraphs. A paragraph generally leads off with a topic sentence, followed by information about that topic and ends with a transition or set up for the next paragraph or topic.
  • Audience-Always ask yourself for whom you are writing this piece? Target your writing to that person or persons. Picture how they will read and interpret what you are writing.
  • Research-There is no such thing as too much knowledge. Researching your topic with authentic sources and cite them in your work.
  • Format/Structure-Always know the format of your assignment but knowing what structure is required. Some forms of writing will allow for more liberal expression while others require a specific structure.

Using these 10 basic writing principles will go a long way toward improving your writing grades.


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