A Guide To Writing Assignments

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Every Student Should Have One – A Guide To Writing Assignments -  AHEAD (the Association for Higher Education Access and Disability) has just published a new book which seeks to help third level students reach their full potential in writing assignments.

‘Building an Argument – A Guide for Writing Assignments’, written by student support officer, Helen Carroll, was recently launched by the Minister of State for Training and Skills, Ciaran Cannon.


The aim of the guide is to empower students of all abilities to create strong, credible assignments and build a well thought out argument from the ground up. It offers a clear and comprehensive overview of how to write to an academic standard for all 3rd level students and is particularly helpful for students with a disability or specific learning difficulty.


According to Carroll; “Over many years of working with students on assignment writing, it became obvious to me that many students struggle, not because they can’t understand the material, but because they cannot write assignments. I decided to do something to help and so I put together an assignment ‘flatpack’ - a simple system to enable students to construct an assignment with the minimum of fuss.”


Assignment writing is a key component of the vast majority of college courses, but the ability to write a logical and solid assignment can sometimes prove really difficult for students. With this guide, students don’t have to struggle anymore.


The guide instructs students on how to break assignments into sections and offers clear, concise and practical instruction on how to ‘construct’ each one. It covers such topics as how to create solid structure, what to include in an introduction, main body and conclusion, how to ‘signpost’ your arguments and how to correctly reference and write a bibliography.


The book is 5 euro but if a school wants to buy 10 there is 10% off.


The guide is published by AHEAD - the Association for Higher Education Access and Disability. AHEAD is an independent non-profit organisation working to promote full access to and participation in further and higher education for students with disabilities and to enhance their employment prospects on graduation.


About the book

The design is by Dublin based agency Darling – www.hellodarling.ie – and features unique illustrations by Irish illustrator Brian Coldrick


For further information:

Aisling Wynne, Wynne Communications – 087 668 6890, [email protected]

Ann Heelan, Executive Director, AHEAD – 087 262 7805, 01 716 4396

Helen Carroll – 086 391 5518


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