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Understand the Assignment 

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

  • Check for the due date. Does the assignment have multiple due dates? 
  • Check for the length of the assignment. How many pages, words, or minutes does the assignment require? 
  • Review the citation and formatting information, such as font size, spacing, and citation style. Do you need to cite your sources in MLA, APA, Chicago or another style? 
  • Note how many sources are required. What types of sources are required? Scholarly articles and books?
  • 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 cannot describe your assignment to someone else, re-read the assignment or ask your instructor for clarification.