Five Great Tips for Completing Coursework

The following are our five top tips to ensure your completed coursework showcases your full skills and capabilities: 

Know what knowledge and skills are being assessed

It is important to work hard, but this is wasted if you do not focus on the right elements. Before you begin making a plan of work, be absolutely certain you know how the marking works and what the examinations board wants to see. If you are unsure, consult your tutors or lecturers.

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Tackle each project section by section

Many types of coursework are large projects and they can seem even larger when you are starting with a blank sheet. However, the worst option is to procrastinate. Every project is easier if you break it down into chunks and do a specific piece of work each week. This is better than tackling the entire thing in one hit as your deadline draws near.

Here is some advice for breaking your work down:

  • Allocate set times to regularly work on various parts
  • Set goals for achieving specific targets within certain timeframes
  • Give careful thought to how long each part of a project will take, e.g., how long for the research aspects, the writing, and the editing.

Set deadlines for yourself

You need to know the deadline for each assignment, but your aim should be to have everything completed well ahead of this. So, set deadlines for yourself for, say, a week at least before the real one. This will allow you time to check your work carefully, and you have sufficient time if any aspect of your project goes awry.

It is also a good idea to set a series of deadlines for different stages of your project. This will help you monitor progress. 

Understand the assignment’s rules

No matter how superb your written work is, it is possible to have marks deducted or even be disqualified if you do not follow the rules. One of the strictest rules concerns plagiarism. This is the practice of submitting another person’s work as yours. This can mean:

  • Swapping or sharing written work with other students;
  • Copying sentences from textbooks, websites, etc. and not indicating their origins;
  • Getting another person to complete some or all of your written work.

To ensure these issues do not arise, make a habit of always acknowledging that you are quoting from another source. If you are unsure, check with your tutor.

Remember to make a backup of your written work

Consider a scenario where you have put a lot of hard work into completing an assignment and ensuring it is as perfect as possible, only for the computer you have stored it on to get lost or stolen. Your only option is to do it all again, and your next effort may not be so good.

It is easy to prevent this happening. You simply need to back-up your documents as you go along. For example, if you create your documents on a computer, you could email them to your own email address, save a copy to a USB drive, or use a storage service such as Google Drive or Dropbox. If you are working with paper copies, make photocopies or take a photograph of your text. This will at least ensure you have a basis to use if disaster strikes.   

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