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It's due tomorrow and I haven't started yet!

By Sarah Separovich on 15 June 2021HSCStudy tipsAssessmentsNSWblog

Uh oh...

So, you’ve left an assignment to the last minute and now it’s due. Or maybe you have started, but still have a long way to go. Either way, we’re here to help you pull it off with some quick tips to get that assignment submitted!

We haven’t got much time, so let’s get straight into it 🥵.

1. Stay calm

Before anything else, you need to calm down. Stressing out isn’t going to help you now! If you’re going to get this assignment finished on time, you need to get your head in the game. So, take a few deep breaths, have a glass of water and stay cool.

2. Get set up

If you’re going to be productive, you need a good workspace. Set yourself up in a clean, bright area, find a supportive chair and grab all of the resources you’ll need to do your assignment. This could include your laptop or computer, pens, paper and textbook.

3. Read the marking criteria

To work as efficiently as possible you want to know exactly what needs to get done. To do this, you’ll need to carefully read the syllabus, assessment notification and marking criteria. Be sure to highlight any important details, including the word count or page limit, the submission format or any other information that will affect how you approach this task.

After reading these documents, you should have a clear idea of exactly what you need to do so you don’t waste any time.

4. Make a quick plan

To ensure we can get this done properly in one night, the next step is to plan your answer. This will make it a lot easier to start writing and, if you have to do any research, you’ll know exactly what to look for.

5. Research efficiently

Gathering research for an essay or report can take time (which at the moment, you don’t have). By using the keywords from the syllabus and assessment notification, you’ll be able to focus on the resources that you actually need.

And don’t forget to reference as you go! This will save you time and ensure you don’t make any mistakes.

6. Quality over quantity

This is a really important tip. When you have a deadline closing in, it can be tempting to smash out as many words as you can just to hit that word count. But that’s just going to give you a whole lot of waffle (which won’t get you good marks).

Remember that your teachers want you to demonstrate a clear understanding of the concepts you’re discussing. So stick to your plan, use your research and if you’re lost, re-read the syllabus, assessment notification and marking criteria. Everything you put down needs to add value to your response.

7. Do you final edit tomorrow morning

Once you’ve finally pulled off that answer, it’s time to go to bed. You’re probably going to be too tired, too stressed and too wrapped up in your answer to edit it effectively.

So for now, get some sleep and set your alarm for 30 minutes earlier tomorrow. Reading it over with fresh eyes and a clear mind will ensure that you pick up any little mistakes and ensure the submission reads well, meaning better marks overall!


You can do this! The secret is to be as efficient as possible, which means stay calm, find out exactly what you need to do, plan, research properly and don’t waffle. Now, time to get cracking!

Oh and next time, don’t leave your assignments to the last minute 😅

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