Summary of learning points:

  1. Make sure that you understand the assignment instructions and follow them carefully.
  2. The terminology of case note assignments varies, but they will usually include a summary of the case and a critical analysis.
  3. Not all case notes have to be structured in the same way. Read widely and choose a structure suitable for your assignment.
  4. Effective research strategies will help you find the preferred version of your case (i.e. an authorised version if available), and relevant sources to inform your understanding, analysis and possible recommendations.
  5. Identify the important elements of a case for more effective reading.
  6. Analyse the impact of a case by considering it in light of related cases, legislation and scholarly sources.
  7. Develop good writing and citation techniques to construct a great assignment.

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NOTE: The purpose of this tutorial is to demonstrate how an average student paper could be improved. DO NOT use the example paper as a model for your own assignment.