Tips for Assignments

Written reports are only daunting the first time!

Grammar and Spelling

A useful tool for checking grammar and spelling in any editor (including the web browser) is Grammarly. It is free and can be installed from


Sometimes assignments specify a specific reference format: Usually, it is Vancouver style referencing for cyber security courses and APA6 for other courses. You can use to help you. It will generate references in the correct format, which you then need to copy into your editor.

If you are using Microsoft Word then:

  1. Select the text that needs a reference
  2. Click the Reference tab of the toolbar
  3. Click Insert Footnote
  4. Paste in your reference



Most of the time we provide downloadable templates and links to extra reading material, but you may need to search for more information to get a better understanding of the content. In addition to reports and articles, there are many freely available videos that can explain additional concepts or explain the same concepts in a different way. Try our software partners' websites as a starting point or look up other enthusiasts on