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I'm doing an assignment

Information to help you prepare a successful assignment.

What is your assignment really about?

Understand your assignment task before you start! Try these resources.

Study & planning skills

The University of Sydney's First Year Experience series, although a decade old, has some valuable tips for new students.

Assignment tips

Use mindmaps to plan

Mindmaps are diagrams used for mapping out concepts, tasks etc.

Hand drawn mind map

"Hand drawn mindmap" by Austin Kleon 

They use colour, images and hierarchical grouping of concepts.


Read more about them here.

Some people find them a boon for:

  • lateral thinking
  • creativity
  • holistic thinking
  • organising information
  • planning
  • problem solving
  • memory.

Although originally conceived of as a pen and paper tool, a wealth of free & commercial software applications have been developed.

Mind map created using software

An example of a mindmap produced by software
"SWOT Analysis My Thoughts Mind Map" by MyThoughtsMindMaps

Free software packages


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