How to Analyze an Assignment Brief?

An assignment brief is an important tool to help students understand, initiate and finish their assignment successfully. It does not really matter what subject or writing style you are assigned, if assignment brief is coherent and clear, they will guarantee right approach towards learning outcomes. Therefore, it is highly significant to pay more attention in writing assignment brief clearly and effectively.

How Students Can Analyze Their Assignment Brief?

In this article, we will use an assignment brief example so we may be able to demonstrate a simple approach towards its clear understanding. Before you start analyzing question, you better go through these simple advices from experts:

  • Read Carefully: When you receive an assignment brief, read it very carefully and try to be familiar with it as soon as possible.
  • Spend Time: You must spend time in understanding what you are being expected by your teachers or lecturers.
  • Don’t Get it Wrong: Remember that even a very simple brief can make you spend more time on writing your assignment than you expect only because of getting it wrong.
  • Clear Confusion: Therefore, if you have some kind of confusion about the brief, don’t be hesitant asking about it from your lecturer.
  • Approach Lecturer: A lecturer is someone who will definitely be able to help you get to the right points clearly. Besides, he would prefer to invest more time in understanding brief than assessing assignment.

One very important thing to remember is that when you break down your assignment title into various segments, this will become much easier for you to understand it even more effectively.

Example of An Assignment Brief

Remember that advertisement is not your main subject of discussion. Your main topic of discussion is communication tools and their use in advertisement. Now we will let you know how you can break down your assignment into various pieces and analyze each one of them separately.

 Compare and distinguish three communication tools and discuss in detail how advertisers can use them in their advertising strategies. Provide at least one example for each tool to prove your claims. 

There are various words in your assignment brief and you must not ignore any of them. Each and every word that is used in the brief is very important to consider for an effective analysis.

You better have a highlighter in your hand to highlight important keywords.

Identify Keywords, Highlight and Analyze Them 

There will be various words and some of them would give you directives that how you are supposed to give your arguments while the others would advise you what kind of content you should be using in your assignment. Let’s take the example of the above given example of the question or the brief and see what directive words are used:

Compare and distinguish three communication tools and discuss in detail how advertisers can use them in their advertising strategies. Provide at least one example for each tool to prove your claims. 

The above words are just few examples of directive words and you can find various others in your future assignment such as:

 

ü  Analyze

ü  Argue

ü  Clarify

ü  Consider

ü  Contrast

ü  Criticize

ü  Define

ü  Evaluate

 

ü  Explain

ü  Illustrate

ü  Interpret

ü  Justify

ü  Outline

ü  Prove

ü  Summarize

ü  Others

 

There will be various words and it will always be better to check out the definition of each word that is included in your brief. This is especially useful when you are not good at defining words

Figure Out What You Are Expected to Write

Once you have identified and highlighted the directive words, it will be easier for you to understand in which direction, you are supposed to move now. However, you are still need to figure out what you are expected to write in your paper. Let’s have a look at the example again.

 Compare and distinguish three communication tools and discuss in detail how advertisers can use them in their advertising strategies. Provide at least one example for each tool to prove your claims.

If you spare out directive words from the above mentioned brief and have a close look at the example again, you will see that the content is as follow:

  • Three communication tools
  • Advertisement strategy
  • Three examples

According to the brief, you are expected to write about three communication tools, and you need to discuss how they can be used effectively by advertisers in their unique advertisement policies.

  • Find Tools: First of all you should find the tools. Of course you will have to do some research to find the communication tools related to your particular subject. You can use authentic online sources to get access to the tools you are looking for.
  • Evaluate Tools: Secondly, you should assess how useful and effective these are. Your professors want you to suggest some tools and put your arguments how effectively they can be used in advertisement. Make sure to leave your strongest arguments in your assignment.
  • Produce Evidences: Finally, you will be required to produce three examples to support your arguments and claims. Without examples / evidences or proofs, you will not be able to convince your readers how effective your tools and strategies are. So make sure to provide enough evidences as required.

Final Words

Before you write your assignment, you must go through your assignment brief this small segment would bring in big results. However, it is also very significant to analyze and understand the brief as clearly as possible. The brief has directive words, make sure to get their correct definition and then figure out what type of content you are being expected to write by your professor / lecturer.