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Information for projects: 2. Define your task

A problem or topic based guide to help you with your academic assignments from start to finish

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Brainstorming can be used to think about topics to write about, or points to make about your topic.  It is usually the starting place for any research project or paper.  Brainstorming works really well in groups but you can use some of the same techniques on your own.  You can write everything down on paper or post-it notes, or on your computer.

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Define your task

Are you familiar with this assignment topic?

If so, you might already have read around the subject area and made notes, or attended lectures or seminars.  

What do you already know?  If you aren't quite sure about the subject you might want to have a look at your reading list for this module to find out more.  Tutors will often base assignment questions around their recommended reading for the module.

Ask yourself:  What do I already know?  What do I need to know?  What type of information do I need to find?

Useful video

Have a look at this video from Stanford University students in the United States.  It demonstrates how to brainstorm effectively.


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