Often, the most challenging part of an assignment is just getting started. We spend hours procrastinating, putting it off, searching for literally anything else to consume our time (maybe now’s the time to finally clean your room). Then, we find ourselves days before the deadline trying to pull something together.
We’ve chatted to our team of high achieving students to see how they stay ahead (and do well) in their assignments, and the top tip is to plan the assignment before starting. But how do we actually do this?
Use the assignment criteria
The first step for planning an assignment is to make use of the assignment instructions or marking criteria. This will tell us when the assignment is due and what we need to include. After reading the brief, it’s important to:
1. List out the tasks that make up the assignment
Attempting to start one large assignment is a lot more difficult than lots of smaller, more manageable tasks. Let’s look at an example from our Study Skills lesson, ‘Planning an Assignment’.
As we can see, the investigation and scientific report requires us to choose a few products to investigate, record the method and results from the investigation and then write up the report. By listing each of the individual tasks that you’ll need to complete, we can see exactly what the assignment involves.
From here, the next step is to:
2. Write the processes we need to do for each task
For each task, there will be a process you need to follow.
For example, you might need to find or buy three products to carry out the investigation, and you'll need to conduct some secondary research to write the introduction of the report. By writing this all down, we can see just how much work is required to complete the assignment.
From here, we need to break the assignment down into more manageable pieces. Luckily, Atomi's 'Planning an Assignment' lesson covers a step-by-step process for doing this, plus some extra tips!
You can access the video here:
You can also download and print the Atomi Assignment Planner, which covers everything you need to plan your next assignment.
So, be sure to:
- Log in to your Atomi account,
- Watch our lesson on planning an assignment, and,
- Download the Atomi Assignment Planner!
With a little bit of planning, you’ll be on your way to acing your assignments (and making the process that much easier).