Assignment Writing

Academic writing in university is a very different process to that practiced in secondary school and can seem daunting until you become more familiar with it. The most important thing to remember here is that it is very much a learned skill, and one which gets much easier with practice and patience – so there’s no need to panic! The quality of your assignment will rely heavily on the way you phrase your argument. In other words, how you say it is as important as what you say. Students often think that they must use an overly sophisticated vocabulary in order to write in an academic tone, and this can make the prospect of writing an assignment even more daunting. However, this is not necessarily the case, and the vocabulary you already have can generally be used in a more formal and academic manner.

This skill session will cover some of the basic skills in assignment writing that you will need to refine your writing skills as you progress on your journey throughout UCC and beyond.


Is this session not on the skills sessions timetable? Would you or a group be interested in attending this session, but the Skills Centre is currently not offering it? Let us know! We would be happy to know what session students look forward to the most, so the Skills Centre can cater to all of your academic needs, simply email us about the sessions you or a group would like to attend.



Check out our downloadable handouts on assignment writing!

These downloadable handouts cover important guidelines for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. These resources are based on common questions about academic writing, general skills and research, exam preparation and specific assignments within your course. When availing of these resources, they will help you unlock YOUR Potential!

Check out the full suite of resources here.

Watch our Assignment Writing Essentials related videos from our 'Gimme Two Minutes' series!

The Skills Centre 'Gimme Two Minutes' video series, available for viewing on YouTube, focuses on very basic concepts related to the academic writing and preparation skills, delivered by the University College Cork Skills Centre in a short and visual format. These videos can be used as self-learning tools and give you a taste of what sessions and workshops the Skills Centre offers to UCC students.