One thing that a lot of people will tell you about university is that there is a chance that you won’t be able to get grades that are as high as you might have been expecting whilst you were doing your A Levels. With this being the case, it is important that you think about how you should go about your work to make sure that you’re doing the absolute best that you possibly can.
Plan your time
This is vital, because for a lot of people it will be the first time when they have needed to do so. When you’re at uni, there are no parents to tell you what to do, and a lot of tutors don’t have much involvement in anything other than marking the final version of an assignment; if you haven’t got it done, you will simply be awarded a zero. You should make an hour by hour plan of your week, add anything that you need to do (such as lectures and social groups that you may be a part of) and then work out where you can put in your hours for work. It’s always better to add more time than you need, as you can cut back if you find that you’ve estimated too much for yourself.
Get as much information about the topic as you can
From the moment you get the question that you have to write an essay on, you need to make sure that you know what you’re doing. If you haven’t had much to do with that particular topic before then it might help to spend a few days just generally reading around the literature that is available to you in order to see what you can find out, and form some opinions on what you have been reading.
Write a first draft ASAP
The sooner you get this done, the sooner you will be able to start changing things about it that you don’t like. If you have a long deadline, then you might find that it would help to do this and then not look at it again for at least a week. Of course, you should be working on other assignments during this time. If you do this, then you should find that you have a greater insight on how good the piece of work is, and the space of a week will mean that you can think a little more clearly about how you could improve the work.
Before you hand anything in, you should make sure that you have read it through to check for any errors. The simplest of things as your spelling and grammar could give you a good chunk of marks, and this is easy to correct. If you know your essay almost as well as the back of your hand then you might find that it is a good idea to swap with a friend so that you can check each other’s work.
If you follow these tips, stay focussed, and make sure that you’re always organised, you should find that you have a good chance of gaining the grades that you feel as though you deserve.