My 6 top tips for assignments

Emily B, HRSM

1.   Start early! I know it is tempting to leave it until 3am the night before it is due in, but you’ll be in a much better position starting your assignment as early as possible. This will give you time to come back to it later to improve it for a better result!

2.      Send a draft copy to your lecturer! I initially never sent my work for feedback because I was scared that I’d have done it wrong or gone in the wrong direction. I know it’s hard to let someone review your work but they are there to help after all. This feedback can be essential as it allows you to improve your work before you send it in officially. It improves your confidence getting some feedback, trust me.

3.      Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t get the grade you wanted! You’re not going to get 95% on every assignment, sad but true. Uni is supposed to challenge you and build your character so sometimes getting a lower grade can spur you on for the next assignment. Whatever you do, make sure you speak to your lecturer for feedback if you can.

4.      Proof read and then proof read again! You’ll never catch every spelling or grammatical error, but it doesn’t hurt to try. It doesn’t harm to proof read, or better yet, get someone else to read it for you. Ultimately mistakes like this could cost you marks, so take the time to read over assignments.

5.      Pick what you are interested in! Yes the general assignment will have to be on a certain area but where you go from there is up to you. Don’t pick something that your friend is doing or you think there is lots of research on, be brave and pick what interests you. You’re the one who is going to be writing about it and reading about it and it will flow much better if you are genuinely interested in the subject and it will get your lecturer interested too.

6.      Referencing! It may not be the most enthralling activity but referencing your work is a vital part of academic life. It is a big part of the assignment as it is used as evidence to back up your work so getting it right is essential. There are some great books out there or ask your lecturers if you are unsure about the correct way to do it. Once you get the hang of it, it becomes easier to do and less of a nightmare. Promise.