In my first term, I have to write two 3,000 words assignments and one 6,000 words assignment. Now, I love writing, and I’m thankful that the topics that I’m writing about is somewhat interesting to me. That helps a lot in the research and writing processes, since I don’t mind spending hours on it.
One of the biggest differences between my undergraduate life and my postgraduate life is the amount of reading and independent work that is required from me. Sure, I’m not actually being tested on the things that are talked about in classes or in the readings. My tutor wouldn’t actually ask us to tell her the definition of youth work or quiz us on the history of social policy in Britain.
The only things that matter are the assignments that I have to submit. And I wouldn’t be able to do them without doing all the required readings, and more. But it’s okay. I’m picking it up now (albeit a little late to save the term, but I’d hopefully start early next term).
So the lesson is: read. Read anything and everything related to the topic. Every little thing helps give you a little more perspective, and you’ll never know where your inspiration for the assignment might come from.