ANALYSING THE ASSIGNMENT Before you begin to work on reading and writing for your assignment, it is useful to have a clear picture of what the assignment is asking you to do. Here are some tasks that might help you. Write down in your own words what you think the assignment is asking you to do. What do you already know about the subject matter of the assignment? What background information do you need to help you to complete this assignment? How are you going to choose your reading material? As you begin to read, try to read and make notes with the assignment or topic in mind. From Essay Writing Pack, University of North London, 2004.