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4 December 2020

Simple ways you can make your assignments better

We’re coming into that time of the trimester when you may have simultaneous assignment deadlines looming.

Fear not! We’ve compiled some simple methods and Deakin resources you can use to improve your assignment preparation, research, and writing skills.

Whether you feel you are in need of specific help to complete an assignment, or you just want to refine your study process and push for higher marks, the following resources can help you reach your assignment goals and help you reflect on how to best approach your future assignments. 

1. Plan ahead

Getting your time management right is an important first step in achieving a good mark on an assignment. Every assignment is a little bit different, and will demand different skills and levels of planning, time, focus, and research.

Planning early will help you manage the various deadlines across units and will give you a clear idea of what resources you’ll need before you start. Planning also gives you extra time to understand challenging readings and complex tasks.

Luckily, you have the Deakin Assignment Planner to help you get organised! This online tool will help you plan your assignments and keep to a schedule.

2. Seek help early

Now that you’ve got your schedule in place, it’s time to get active.

If you’re unsure of how to start a particular assignment, the best way is to seek help early so you get the advice you need well before your deadline.

Deakin’s Language and Learning Advisers are teachers who are available to help you via an online appointment – so have a look at the times available based on your needs. Deakin’s student Writing Mentors are also available for online drop-in sessions while access to campuses is still restricted.

3. Find better sources with more refined searches

Finding appropriate information to use in your assignments can take a lot of time. Use the online tutorials from the library to help you quickly find useful information.

These tutorials cover how you can best judge what are reliable and relevant sources for your assignments, plus much more. You can also get an overview of how and why we cite sources in academic writing

4. Group assignments

Group assignments can be challenging, particularly studying completely online, but you can avoid some of the difficulties by planning ahead. Learn more about the benefits of group work and tips on managing group assignments, and use the Learning online resource to help you solve the challenges of online learning.  

5. Improve your writing skills

We all have skills we could improve, what’s yours?

Watch a Study Support session on UniStart, where we cover these topics and more, and bookmark the Deakin guide to referencing.

Need help outside of regular hours?

If you’re stuck on an assignment, try Smarthinking – Deakin’s online tutoring service that allows you to reach out for assistance at any time that is convenient for you, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

Smarthinking allows you to work online in real-time with tutors specialising in a range of disciplines.

Visit Smarthinking now to explore the platform or book a session.

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