Somerset Times

Acing Your Assignments




Somerset Times Edition

Week 4,
Term One, 2016

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It’s that time of the year where the assignments are flooding in and occupying your time. But you want all of that time to be used as effectively as possible so that you have some free time to enjoy.

Kenta Arichi and Catherine Gerrard, Academic Captains, with Dr Michael Brohier, Deputy Headmaster

Below are some tips that can help you achieve higher grades on your assignments more effectively:

  • Read the Criteria Sheet: Teachers constantly emphasise this and it can be easily ignored. But think of it from a teacher’s point of view; your grades are not just an arbitrary grade based on how much they liked your assignment. Rather, they are marking you off of what is required of you to demonstrate your skills and abilities in a subject. The more closely you meet the requirements, the better your grades.
  • Ask Questions about the Criteria: A common thing to do after reading the criteria sheet is to ignore it for its complicated wording and ambiguity. The teachers can elaborate what a certain word in the criteria means and how you can achieve that. With more practice you will become familiar with your criteria, so do your best to ask as many questions while you can.
  • Proofread: Make sure that what you have written is easy to follow and logical. It makes it easier for the marker to see your understanding of the subject in the assignment.
  • Backups: I am sure that many of you have experienced a computer crash which corrupts your assignment, leaving you back to square one. It is so important that your time and effort does not get wasted, so back up on a USB or a cloud service like OneDrive or Google Drive and back them up periodically.

These are only just a few things you can do to help improve your marks. But in the long-term, these skills will serve you well in your further studies. Try and lay a good foundation now so that in the future, these recommendations become a habit so that you won’t lose these skills. Most importantly, even if you are disappointed with your marks, take on the feedback and try to understand what you did wrong. With this mindset, I have no doubt you will continually improve your academics at the College.

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