How To Complete University Assignments On Time
Attending university can be a stressful time in your life; the piles and piles of work you have to complete can soon become daunting, but I’ve got a few tips that’ll have you knocking out essays like Mike Tyson in his prime.
Now first of all, I study Music Production at uni, so most of my assignments can be incorporated into my everyday life. For example, one of my last assignments instructed me to mix down a song and take screenshots. As I make music and mix it down in my free time, the only extra task I had to perform was taking screenshots of the process. So, if you’re looking to go to uni and you haven’t yet picked a subject, keep this in mind. It’s a lot easier when you choose a subject you enjoy and even better if it’s incorporated into your daily life. Many of you don’t have that choice now because you picked a shitty subject that’s boring the hell out of you, or you picked something you like that’s still giving you difficulty when it comes to the assignments. That’s where I come in.
Let’s start off with when. When should you start your assignments?
I’d suggest you start working on your assignments 2 weeks prior to the deadline, this is assuming your university uploads your scheme of work or the assessment schedule to a site such as Moodle. If your uni doesn’t do that, then you should probably question the authenticity of your course – you’re likely being scammed right now. Anyway, make yourself familiar with the assignment briefs at least 2 weeks before the deadline. You ideally want to complete one assignment a day, so be sure to give yourself ample time to do this with about 4 days left over – not including weekends – just in case.
Aim to complete one assignment a day. I know I already said this, but keep your knickers on – I’m about to go into more detail. Research your subject in the morning, after you have breakfast and watch some YouTube videos or whatever. Read through the assessment brief and keep it open on your computer so you can refer back to it.
Find articles, videos, books and whatever other sources you need to get your information. A great source of information for me is documentaries. Watch a documentary on your subject and take a copious amount of notes – I mean anything and everything that seems applicable to your assignment, write that shit down.
After you’ve got your notes and consumed all the relevant information you should be ready to start your assignment, but don’t go jumping into writing it up just yet. Take an hour out, eat something, play some Playstation (or Xbox if you’re a pagan).
After you’ve had some much needed chill out time, open up Microsoft Word and start turning your notes into a cohesive bunch of words that meet your assessment brief. If you’ve followed my advice and have taken enough notes, you’ll never have to worry about hitting your word count again. Instead, you’ll have to worry about staying within the word count and cutting out non-vital information and focusing on meeting the brief.
Personally, I’d suggest taking weekends off. You need the time to distress and have a little fun. Too much work makes Jack a dull boy. or rich, or suicidal – tread carefully.
After you’ve written your long, boring essay, ask someone who likes you enough to be subjected to the pain of reading it to check it out and see what they think. After that, you might want to run it through an online grammar tool like Ginger to make sure everything’s in tip top shape.
Another site you should probably check out is refme, It’s a wonderful app that takes care of referencing for you, saving you a bunch of time. I called it ‘wonderful’, so you know it MUST be good.
Now you’re done and it’s time to submit, adhere to all the rules your university have in terms of submitting this particular assignment, whether that’s uploading it to Moodle or hand it in to your tutor who you’ve now realised is obviously a scam artist.