Trouble starting assignments? Here’s a helping hand

Whether you’re studying online or on campus, you need to stay on top of your assessments as they can easily sneak up on you.

You may be up-to-date with discussion posts, homework tasks and your readings, but wait… you check your course schedule and discover that you have three assessments due in two weeks!

What do you do to stay on top of your work? Use an Assessment Calculator!

An assessment calculator offers a suggestion on how to complete your assignments before deadlines.

Below is a simple structure which you can alter to suit due dates for all of those assessments.

Creating mini-deadlines for each step helps you work towards finishing your assessment without hopefully having to stay up all night to finish it!

1. Make a plan

Decide what assessments you have due, the time left to complete them and the tasks required to finish them.

Take note of particular key words which will help you understand what the assessment is asking.

2. Research

Start your research. Locate sources and evaluate the relevancy of material to help you complete your assessment.

3. Cover all bases

Read critically. Understand what the material is covering and how it relates to your assessment.

Take notes and highlight the main ideas. This helps you narrow down the information and use it in a succinct manner.

4. Start

Start writing! Your first draft helps you get an overall picture of where you are heading and how you intend to approach your assessment.

Keep writing drafts until you are satisfied that you have answered the question appropriately.

5. Getting it right

Make sure you edit and proofread before submitting. Evaluate your assessment against the marking criteria and ensure that your sources strengthen your points.

Congratulations, you made it!

6. Reach out

At any point, be encouraged to reach out to Charles Sturt’s student support crew.

From the Academic Skills team to other learning resources, you can receive assessment feedback and have an extra pair of eyes to proofread your work.