My past couple of articles have focused on being a more effective student. I have been giving you some tips on how to better manage your studies and courses of work. In those articles I have looked at getting organized and setting priorities for yourself. I will now take a look into how to complete assignments.
Many assignments in higher level education are lengthy. They require more time and effort than overnight would allow. Many teachers and professors assign work, papers, and projects that are not due for days or weeks. Some college professors give an assign on the first day of class that is not due until the end of the semester.
When given one of these assignments it is very easy to put it off and to feel like you have much time in which to complete it. However without careful planning, the time can slip away from you.
When given an assignment that is not due for several days, begin the assignment immediately. It is important to do at least a little work on the assignment so you can feel that you have a start on it. Once you have a little time invested into it, it will be easier to begin more work later.
Break the assignment up into small tasks and work on completing those one at a time instead of tackling the entire project all at once. Completing smaller tasks will give you some accomplishments and a feeling of success toward your work.
Create a schedule or an outline of how and when you will work on each task. Make sure that you plan ahead enough on the assignments and tasks that you will be finished early. You do not want to plan right up until the last minute when the assignment is due.