Understand the task before you start so you can work efficiently. Allow time for each step to keep your stress down and marks high.
What are you being asked to do? Describe, compare, evaluate, or reflect on something? What are you being asked to write? An essay, a report, or a different type of assignment? Are you clear on the word limit, due date or any other submission requirements?
Should you focus on the materials you've been given in class, or are you expected to find other sources? Make a note of these instructions for when it's time to research.
Most assessment tasks will have a marking rubric or guide which will tell you how much of the assignment's total grade is allocated for each aspect of the task. Use the rubric as a guide as to how much time to dedicate to each portion of the assignment.
For example, your assignment rubric might say '30% of marks for evidence to support claims' and '10% for accurate and consistent referencing'. Although accurate referencing is important, for this assignment you should spend more time on finding evidence to support your claims than on referencing.
The subject guide will tell you which referencing style you need to use, when the assignment is due, what happens if you don't meet the deadline, or what to do if can't meet the deadline because of an emergency.
(Academic Skills, 5 min 33 sec)
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