Whether your qualification assesses your learning through essays, exams, or practical tasks, it’s important that you treat these assessments seriously if you want to succeed. At Platinum Education Services, we support our students to perform at their very best. That’s why we’ve put together our top tips for optimising your performance in your university assignments.
Plan and prepare
Whichever form your assessments take, you should always prepare as much as possible. This means planning your practicals thoroughly, starting revision for exams early, and mapping out your essay ideas well ahead of the deadline. The later you leave it to start working on your assessments, the less time you’re giving yourself to ensure you do a good job.
Use your resources
Make use of the resources provided by your institution, from the library and online literature to office hours with academics. Have you thought about referring back to your lecture slides? Your lecturers will often cite their sources and offer further reading within these presentations - make use of it! Remember that you’re not on your own when it comes to formulating ideas and gathering information.
Draft and redraft
Even if your idea isn’t fully formed or you don’t feel ready to start writing - start writing! It’s far easier to edit words that are already written than it is to fill a blank page from scratch. Most students lose out on crucial editing time because they put off getting started with their assessment until it’s too late. If you start writing early, you can start rewriting and editing in plenty of time before your deadline. The sooner you get editing, the more time you’ll have to iron out small errors with things like spelling and referencing.
It’s easy to get bogged down by the idea of assessments - they can be stressful! However, you must remember to take breaks from your work, regardless of whether it’s revision, essay writing, or planning your practical. Take short half hour breaks during the day to get some fresh air and water as this will help your mind to focus when you sit back at your desk. If you can afford to, consider taking the occasional whole day away from your work - you’ll return with fresh eyes and it’ll be easier to spot mistakes and absorb new information. Trust us on this one!
Listen to feedback
Regardless of how well you do, in higher education you will almost always receive feedback on your work. If this doesn’t happen automatically in written form, you can approach your academics to discuss your performance and receive verbal feedback. One of the most important things you can do to optimise your performance is to listen to this feedback and learn from those advising you. Read any comments, speak to your academics about how you can improve, and return to topics that you need to brush up on. It’ll always be worth it.
If you’d like to learn more about university assessments and whether a higher education qualification is the right path for you, speak to our team of Student Advisors today. At Platinum Education Services, we will guide you through your questions and support you to succeed.