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Prepare for your first assessment

Soon, you’ll start working on your first assessment.

We’ve got a great tool called the Assignment Planner designed to assist you by breaking down your assessment into manageable stages. Just enter the relevant dates for your assessment and you will receive your assessment plan with a suggested time frame and helpful resources on how to approach each stage of your assessment.

Here’s a quick overview of the five important stages of an assessment that will help you tackle your first one.

Plan and prepare. The first stage of an assessment is all about planning. Check the criteria, brainstorm your initial ideas, ask any questions early and determine the purpose and direction of your argument. Write a plan that you can refer back to. 

Research and take notes. This can often be the most time-consuming stage, but it is a necessary task. Ask the library to help you find the sources you need and take detailed notes. This is also a good time to check which referencing style you have to follow for your assessment.

Write the first draft. Your first draft should get your ideas on paper into a coherent order – your sentences don’t have to be perfect. Check our the Academic Skills Guides that are relevant to your assessment. 

Revise and re-draft. Read our guide to drafting, and allocate time to checking that you have referenced your sources correctly. 

Proofread and submit. Now is the time to print out your assessment and get out the red pen! Remember to also read the submission requirements in your unit guide, use Turnitin, and then submit it and do a celebratory dance.

So, get moving on that assessment and generate a plan now – your personal plan will include resources, advice and links for all five stages.

Feeling stuck on an assessment? Chat online to a Language and Learning Adviser, a Writing Mentor or Maths Mentor, or use Studiosity – Deakin’s free online study help. Everyone is ready to help you succeed with your academic work.

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