Manage your time effectively for assignments

Plan and manage the time you spend on assignments:

  • Expect to spend roughly 15 to 20 hours on a 1000 to 2000 word assignment
  • This time is usually best spent over a few weeks
  • It is often wise to work on more than one assignment at a time

It is common for students to spend all their time on the first assignment that is due, and as the semester goes on to find that there is less time available to spend on assignments that are due later.  If later assignments are worth more marks or require more work than earlier ones, you may find that you do not have enough time to do justice to these assignments. Thus your marks may be more of a reflection of your time management than your ability. 

Manage your assignments by:

  • Putting aside some time each week to work on assignments for each subject
  • Assigning yourself a small part of the assignment writing process each week
  • Using a semester planner
    • write in the weeks of the semester and the courses that you are doing.
    • assign parts of the writing task to each subject each week.

Think about all the steps that will be involved in completing the task.  The steps in the assignment writing process will be sufficient for some assignments, but for tasks that involve group work or making a power point, for example, you will need to make time for meetings or making slides and rehearsing your presentation.

Here is an example of how you might manage your assignment load:

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