Choosing the Right Structure and Language

Choosing the Right Structure and Language

Your educators want you to do well on your assignments and if you write in the correct structure and with clear, academic language, then it is easier for them to read and mark it.


Structure can refer to the make-up of sentences, paragraphs or whole assignments. This graphic shows how they build on each other:

Sentence Structures (simple, compound, complex) → Paragraph Structure (Topic sentence, Explanation & Evidence (with in-text referencing), Linking sentence) → Text Structure (Introduction, Body, Conclusion, Reference List)

It is important to know the differences between various types of assessment. You might wonder:

  • Can I use headings to organise the information?
  • Do I need to include images, charts or data tables?
  • Should I write in dot points or complete sentences?
  • Where and how should I reference?

Download the Comparison of Assignment Structures below.