Now that you have that figured out, let’s move on to the next step: Crafting a reminder that you can revisit while you write.
It might seem like a silly thing to do, but an anchor sentence is as vital as a thesis statement.
So, here it is, step-by-step: Now, let’s take a look at a sample assignment.
Say you have to write a paper for your Linguistics class.
Let’s take it section by section, one directive at a time. Go through and find the concepts the prof wants you to cover in the paper. Lord love ‘em, but professors are notorious for giving more information than necessary or saying more than what needs saying, so do your best to boil the assignment down to the essentials with your highlighter: Take note, these macro concepts are often suggestions, not commands. These are the items that must be included in the paper for you to get a good grade.
They are the prof telling you how to be impressive, clear, or to raise your grade through a demonstration of your wits and knowledge. Usually they are very specific: Clearly, if your paper uses first-person pronouns, it will irk the person giving you the grade—probably best to stay away from that.Remember, the rubric for the course on the assignment sheet you’ve been given, you will find a general rubric in the class syllabus, or the professor will include a rubric with an assignment sheet.If the professor does not provide these things to you, don’t be afraid to ask for them.Make a list of three strengths and weaknesses you have as a writer.Be mindful of the pitfalls and confident about your high points.Your profs know when you don’t take time prewriting, and they know when you’re being wishy-washy or only reading to reinforce your opinion. Also, you should be using scholarly research, which means no random Googling and picking the first things you ping.Take a look at the first section of the assignment sheet.Take a look at this assignment from an actual college professor: Yow!Even with bullets and commands that’s a lot of text.To begin with the end in mind, you need to follow three simple steps: Take a few moments to review the assignment and rubric with a pen and highlighter, making notes and underlining key elements the prof wants to see.Once you know what the prof wants, you can write a one sentence reference that you can refer to whenever you feel like you’re going off course.