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Getting a head start on major assignments and study

It can be quite daunting heading towards the pointy end of a teaching period with a largely weighted assignment or exam looming closer. We have pulled together our best advice on how to manage your workload in these stressful times. 

Schedule in time to study

This comes with all assignment and study preparation – if you set aside time to be productive, you will feel more obligated to get work done. The best way to make sure you have set enough time aside is to consider the weighting of the assessment. For example, if your exam is worth 50% of your overall grade, then 50% of your teaching periods study should be dedicated to that exam. 

When setting time aside, work backwards from the deadline in your calendar. This method of  time management will help you ensure that the weeks leading up to the date focus on the task, but also that you start thinking about it and planning for your study much earlier.  

Figure out what work can be done early

Do you have an exam that covers the entire unit? Or perhaps an assignment that requires a decent amount of extra reading? You may as well get started on your studies early! You could begin writing revision notes from when classes start or even start looking for relevant readings from the beginning of the unit. 

Heavily weighted assignments or exams can be stressful, so don’t forget that there are plenty of assignment and study resources available to you. Doing all of this preparation early will not only help you out later on down the track, but will also help you to understand your content or assignment better, as you have been thinking about it for longer. 

Set goals for yourself

Starting an assignment or exam study early is a great strategy, but it also gives you even more time to procrastinate and put off your productivity. Keep yourself motivated by setting your own goals and deadlines each week. This should help to keep your time wasting at bay. 

For example, some goals you could set yourself could look like: Week 8 complete research, Week 9 begin draft, Week 10 complete draft and begin proofing. This schedule will of course differ with each individual.  

One of the best goals to set is to complete your study or assignment at least a week before your deadline. This will give you an opportunity to properly proofread or revise your notes and will allow you to be finished early without experiencing any time pressure in the teaching period. 

To find more tips and resources to get you studying sooner, head to the Student Portal or check out our latest blogs.