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My assignment is due tomorrow and I haven't even started it yet!

By Tom Lenton on 18 December 2017UKblogAssessmentsStudy tips

Ha. Bummer…

Well, if it really is due tomorrow, let’s do this and do this quick! You could have anything due tomorrow, so instead of a step-by-step guide, let’s focus on some general tips and tricks to pulling off this craziness. Legions of students before you have done it and legions of students after you will do it so have faith, you can do it 💪 .

1. Prioritise

This probably doesn’t need to be said but if it’s due tomorrow then clear your schedule tonight - this is absolutely your top priority right now! Normally we’re a big fan of recommending plenty of sleep but if you have something due tomorrow, tonight might be the night where you push back your sleep a little bit (still no all-nighters though!)

2. Get your head in the game

Okay, no matter how much of a mountain it seems, this has got to be done tonight.\ Don’t let yourself even consider the option of handing it in late - even just thinking that will make it a million times harder to finish in time. Also, as tempting as it is to text all your friends about how screwed you are, you’re going to need to cut that out ⛔ .

It’s time to get your head in the game and focus on the task ahead. You want to grab some water, make sure you’ve eaten and set yourself up in a clean, bright space so you can just bang this assessment out!

3. Work out exactly what you need to do

To work as efficiently as possible you should first understand exactly what you need to do.

That means you need to think about exactly what ideas/topics to discuss and what your approach should be. So, read the assignment carefully and closely, identify key words, watch some Atomi videos, or whatever else makes sense .

This will vary massively depending on the assignment. The point is basically just that you should make sure you know exactly what you need to do before you start. Trust me, it’ll make everything quicker if you do ⏱ .

4. Do a brief plan

To make sure 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 will know exactly what you’re looking for.

So, sketch out a brief plan onto a page or word document 📝 . Work out what needs to go into your answer and how it’s going to be structured. It might feel difficult or pointless to plan at this point, but if you can get some of the hard work out of the way here it’ll become much easier to write!

5. Research efficiently

Now, this one is obviously only relevant if you need research for your answer. As you do your research, you should be moving pretty efficiently because you know what keywords to lookout for from working out what you need and planning. As far as you can, just drop the research straight into the plan.

6. Quality over quantity

This is a seriously important tip. When you’re really under pressure, it can be tempting to just bang out as many words as possible so you can hit that word count. But - that’s just going to give you a whole lot of waffle and even worse marks. Don’t cave in to the time pressure and just start waffling; instead, stick to your answer plan, use your research and fall back on the ideas in our videos. It will get you a much better result for not that much extra work ✅ .

7. Do your final read over 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 be able to give it a proper check and edit. So, just get some sleep now, set the alarm 30mins earlier tomorrow and read over it again with fresh eyes and a clear mind. You should be able to pick up any little mistakes and make the whole thing read a lot better and generally end up with a stronger answer!


Remember to start earlier next time.

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But seriously, even though this isn’t ideal, you can still pull it off! The secret is to be as efficient as possible. So, keep calm, find out exactly what you need to do, plan, research properly and don’t waffle. Now, time to get cracking! 🏁 🏃

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