Planning for Assessment

Planning is essential. You must ensure that you:

  • know the submission date and allow plenty of time even if you think you know the topic well
  • understand the assignment question which will typically comprise four crucial parts: 
    • a broad definition of the topic 
    • instructions about what is required (discuss, analyse, compare etc) 
    • a time or word limit 
    • the due date 
  • focus only on relevant research and reading materials, use reference materials provided and take lecturer's advice on how widely you should search for literature.  Avoid reading too widely if time is limited
  • don't procrastinate - JUST START!   It will not be perfect on the first draft
  • leave the draft for a few days then revise it and re-revise if necessary
  • follow guidelines in terms of presentation 
  • make and keep a copy of the assignment