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1. Understand the question/assessment brief.
READ your assignment carefully as soon as you receive it. Misinterpreting the assignment question is one of the most common ways to lose marks and it can be easily avoided.
2. Be practical.
In addition to understanding what you have to do in your assignment, make sure that you are aware of the practicalities you must fulfil when submitting your work:
3. Read any assessment criteria your tutor may have given you.
In the module you are studying, there are certain learning outcomes that you are expected to achieve. For each assessment that you complete for the module, there are assessment criteria which are used to assess how well you have achieved the requirements for the assessment. By reading and understanding exactly what you have to do and how it will be graded, you aim to improve your grades for each assessment.
4. Plan, plan, plan.
To do the best you can, you need to plan how you will tackle each assessment and you will need a time schedule to get your work done on time. The Assignment Survival Kit at www.learnHigher.ac.uk/ask can help with this.
5. Use feedback from previous assessments.
Read the feedback given on your previous assessments (even from different modules). Make a note of the positive comments, and in a separate column, make a note of areas where you need to improve.
Make sure you use the feedback from previous assessments and try to improve those areas in your next piece of work.
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