Structuring Your Assignment


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Structuring Your Assignment

Very often, students get obsessed with research and writing and forget about structuring. As a result, professors get dozens of assignments that are rich in terms of data and content, but desperately lack some structure. If you do this, it will make you lose some valuable points, regardless of how long you have researched or worked on the body paragraphs.

A proper assignment structure also helps students present their arguments better and write the paper faster. That’s why outlines are so important in assignment writing. When you have a plan about how you’ll structure the assignment and in which order to present the data, everything falls into place.

To help you structure an assignment, we’ve come up with some very important points.

The Three Essential Assignment Parts

An assignment can have many sections, but three are absolutely essential: introduction, body, and a conclusion. No matter what kind of assignment you have to write, it should always, always have these three sections in it.

More complex papers usually request more numerous and specialized assignment structures. For example, essays will have the three-part structure, but research papers will also include bibliography, abstract, etc.

When you write an assignment, check the requirements beforehand. If the exact structure isn’t stated or requested, always include the three main assignment parts, no exceptions.


An appealing and inviting introduction is the start of every good assignment. You can use a deductive or an inductive style for it, but the bottom line is – you need to introduce the topic before you start sharing your thoughts and findings with the reader.

If you choose to us a deductive style, this means that you’ll be moving from a more general to a more specific direction through deduction. This approach is also called a ‘top down’ approach.

Inductive style is the exact opposite. When you use this style, you’re moving from something more specific to more general. This approach is called ‘bottom up’ approach.

Introductions are often the hardest part to write. If you struggle with this part or any other part of the structuring process, you can always visit and ask for some writing or editing help.



The body of an assignment must state all the ideas and findings in separate paragraphs. The minimal number of body paragraphs is also three, although you can use much more. Based on the paper type and requirements, you can have dozens of body paragraphs and sections that present the methodology, analysis, results, etc.


No assignment is complete without a conclusion that rounds up the discussion and puts an end to the writing. Many students focus so much on the presentation of the data, they forget to actually finish the paper.

Even though it is short, the conclusion is very important. Its task is to conclude the assignment, but also summarize the most important points of the paper. For more complex papers, the conclusion is much lengthier and in many cases, it’s the first thing people read before they read the rest of the paper.

Structuring an assignment isn’t simple, but it is definitely not something you want to avoid. If you want to get a high grade for an assignment, you need to structure it properly. To do that, you need to check the instructions and make sure that you use the minimal structure parts rule – introduction, body and conclusion.


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