Choosing The Right Subject For Your Assignment | Newsletter – August 2022

This is all about passion. Your passion for your course, and for your future career. Because the secret to happiness is being able to love whatever it is you do in life. And what does this all have to do with choosing the right course for you? It all starts here. Find the right course, at the right university or college, and you will be inspired to succeed.

Assessment is a necessary part of the teaching and learning process, helping us measure whether we as students have really learned what we want to learn. While exams and quizzes are certainly favourite and useful methods of assessment, out of class assignments (written or otherwise) can offer similar insights into our students’ learning.  And just as creating a reliable test takes thoughtfulness and skill, so does creating meaningful and effective assignments.

Before choosing a topic, make sure you understand your assignment and what your instructor is asking for.  If you have questions, make sure to ask your instructor for clarification. Then choose a subject area that interests you and that will interest the readers. It is important to choose a topic that is academic in nature – something that people will be doing research on. Do some background research on any subjects that you are interested in using encyclopaedias and websites. This will provide you with an overview so that you gain a better understanding of the subject area and you can see what issues are related. It is a good idea to state your topic in the form of a question to stay focused on what it is that you are trying to explain or prove.  When you come up with a topic, choose the main concepts in your research question and do an initial search with them in the library catalog or databases. Once you are sure you have a manageable topic that is interesting and that has enough research out there you can use in your paper, create a thesis statement.

How do I choose a topic for my assignment?

One of the best ways to choose a topic for an assignment is brainstorming. Talk about ideas with classmates and friends, consider your professional or personal interests, review class readings, and browse current journals or books on your subject. Below are a few tips:

  • Choose a topic that interests you. It will make the research process more exciting!
  • Make lists of questions that you want to explore through your research.
  • Approach your topic in an unbiased way and keep an open mind.
  • Avoid simplistic topics that everyone agrees on, i.e. “We need to save the environment.”
  • Try to narrow your topic. If your topic is too broad, you will find too much information and it will be harder to focus.
  • Review the guidelines on topic selection outlined in your assignment.

When considering a topic, also think about the visual or auditory images that come to mind, or how you might represent it to an audience in ways other than your words. This can guide you as you proceed to select your topic, thinking about what you can make appealing to your audience. Right course selection can help you fit in the interests and learn more about a field you are genuinely interested in studying. It is extremely important for you as a student to understand the passion and have clarity about the course you are willing to pursue.

Factors You Should Consider When Selecting a Course

Choosing the right course or picking a college is one of the most important decisions you could ever make in your life, and being afraid to make the wrong decision is a valid concern. Instead of dreading this big step, let us help you in making this big decision in your life.

  • Start with your interest: Consider your passion and willingness to learn about a particular subject. You can make a list of what interests you and shortlist them afterwards.
  • Consider your talents and skills: Maximize your talents and gifts. Knowing your aptitude will make it easy for you to determine the course that will suit you well.
  • Check the Course Content: Before enrolling in a course, it is important to research the content of the modules. Being aware of what you’ll need to study will help you better understand your prospective program.
  • Consider The Earning Potential: Consider your financial goals and potential job opportunities as you may want to choose a course that will help you reach them.

The steps below will help you plan, research, write and review your assignment.

The most important thing is to start and start early. If you give yourself enough time to plan, research, write and revise your work you won’t have to rush. Once you’ve started, you’ll also have something that you can improve on.

Step 1 – Understand the assignment task

Before you start your assignment make sure you analyse the assignment task or question and understand what you have been asked to do. This will help you focus your research.

Also check what type of assignment you are doing. Is it an essay or a report? This will help you focus your research and know how to structure your assignment.

Step 2 – Do your research

Next, research your topic and find relevant and reliable information. You will find some in your course materials and recommended readings, but you can also try:

Step 3 – Plan

Planning how you will answer your assignment task or question will help you focus and make writing your assignment easier. You will have a structure to follow, and can make sure you answer the assignment task correctly.

Step 4 – Write

It will then be time to start writing.

First draft

  • Write your first draft following your plan. Fill in the gaps, writing your main points for each section.
  • Write freely. Get as much down as you can without worrying about the wording being 100 per cent right.
  • You may find it easiest to start with the conclusion, so you know the direction your writing is heading.
  • Leave the introduction until last.

Don’t spend too much time trying to make this draft perfect as it will change!

Fine tune

  • Revise your draft, and check that it makes sense and includes everything it needs to.
  • Fine tune the wording, and make sure your writing flows well.
  • Keep different copies of your drafts as you may want to go back to them.
  • Compile your bibliography or reference list.
  • More on writing skills and academic writing
  • How to reference

Step 5 – Review

Once you’re happy, take a break. Get some distance from your work so you can check your assignment with a fresh eye. Then edit and proofread.

Look at the big picture

  • Have you answered the question you were set? Check your work against the marking schedule as well as the question.
  • Is the structure correct? Is the content logically arranged?
  • Have you included all relevant parts? For example, the title page, introduction, conclusion, reference list?
  • Does your assignment read well with each section flowing smoothly on to the next? A good way to check this is to read it aloud.
  • Have you used your own words and acknowledged all your sources?
  • Is your assignment well presented?

Check the details

  • Have you used academic English (if needed)?
  • Check the grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Don’t just use a spell checker (it won’t pick everything up).
  • Check your referencing. Is your APA referencing correct?
  • Are your pages numbered?
  • Have you included your name, student ID, the assignment details and the date on each page?

Tip – If possible, ask a friend or family member to proofread your assignment, as it can be difficult to see mistakes in your own work.

Once you’re happy, submit your assignment.

Conclusion: Using Your Library

If you are given a topic about which you have no idea, or if you don’t know enough about it to Free Associate – GO TO YOUR LIBRARY!! The library is your friend! Believe it or not, a library is an excellent place to find information. The first thing to do when you walk into a library is to locate the librarian. Discuss your topic with the librarian; he or she should know exactly where to find the appropriate corresponding information. There you can look through books or periodicals to find a subject that interests you. If your librarian is not locatable or otherwise engaged, there are many places in a library where you could find the information yourself. LION, FirstSearch, and Google are among many other resources at your fingertips! From the information on these computer programs, you should be able to pick a subject for bubbling or free association.

RESOURCES:

  1. Article on Smart Ideas for Choosing a Personal Assignment Topic
  2. Tips on Choosing the Right Course
  3. Article on Choosing a Topic
  4. Video on How to choose Research Topic
  5. Video on How to Choose Research Paper Topic and Great Assignment Ideas!

“Great ability develops and reveals itself increasingly with every new assignment.” – Baltasar Gracian.

Update on Skill Development & Training

In the new cohort, 2636 scholars have taken the Baseline assessment in the month of April & May. Based on scores, 2200 scholars will start the English program on 15th August.

The 3rd year scholars completed the Aptitude program in July. Currently, they are doing the midline assessments.

The Campus to Corporate “Skills Training Program” supported by Capgemini (1460 scholars) 484 students completed the Hi-touch English program by eAge Tutors, 713 are in the Coursera program, and 30 are in the Skill Lync program. 1295 scholars are currently assigned the Mock Interview program. The endline assessment has been given to all these scholars.

The Pharma scholars are in the Coursera program

FLY (Finding the Leader in You) Program in partnership with CMI and IIT-Gandhinagar

For the financial year 2022-23, the new batch of the FLY program started on May 18th. The 12-day workshop was conducted in Jan with a batch of  34 students. This comprises 2nd year Engineering scholars. This workshop is conducted by CMI – Competitive Mindset Institute Inc and is designed to teach noncognitive skills for the personality and character development of students. The 3rd batch will start the program in August 2022.

Medical Webinar – A webinar on Anaemia and Malnutrition in the growing years was conducted on 17th July. There were 579 participants.

Communication Course – A 10-week program on Communication skills started for 2nd-year Engineering scholars. This is conducted by CMI and MBF that includes a fusion of Mentor led sessions with lab and self-paced learning is delivered to scholars, with weekly assignments and activities given. 120 scholars are participating in the program right now 

Wadhwani Job-Ready program – This is a 3 months Job ready program conducted for 50 4th-year scholars and 50 2nd-year scholars.

Placement update

  • From the 2020-21 graduating batch of 889 Engineering students, 96% (853) are placed; 640 have secured jobs and 213 have opted for higher studies and 4% of students (36) are seeking employment.
  • From the 2021-22 graduating batch of 1256 Engineering students (current final year), 93% (1170) are placed; 983 have secured jobs and 187 have opted for higher studies. The remaining 86 students are looking out for jobs

FFE is thankful to its corporate partners Geberit Plumbing Technology India Private Limited, Tavant Technologies, Linde India, O9 Solutions, and Altimetrik India Pvt. Capgemini TechnologyServices India Limited, KPMG Assurance, and Consulting Services LLP, TraneTechnologies, Tavant Technologies, Ingersoll Rand, Thomson Reuters, and Thoughtworks for offering Placement opportunities to FFE’s batch of 2019-20, 2020-21 & 2021-22.

Below are toppers in the Coursera training program. They have been issued with gift vouchers, based on their performance. Congratulations to all of you!

Toppers in the Coursera Program (May – July)2022
Keerti VanalliPES University, Benglauru
Ajeeskumar DongaVishwakarma Government Engineering College, Ahmedabad
Gorantla Naga VinayNational Institute of Technology Raipur, Raipur
Prabhat Kumar KarnaNational Institute of Technology Rourkela, Rourkela
Aman GopeIndian Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi

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