Library DIY (beta)

Understanding your Assignment

Understanding Your Assignment 

Read your assignment carefully and look for these key components in your assignment:

  • Check for the due date. Some assignments have multiple due dates;
  • Check the length of the assignment, which could be listed in pages, word count, or minutes for a presentation;
  • Review style and formatting information, such as font size, spacing, and citation style. See the PSU Library guide, Cite your Sources;
  • Note how many resources that your instructor requires to support your research;
  • Check for specific information that the instructor wants you to address in your assignment;
  • Highlight or underline the elements that are key to understanding your assignment.
  • Summarize the assignment. If you can not describe what your assignment is about to someone else, re-read the assignment, or ask your instructor for clarification.​


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