1. Writing or creating assignments

Plan your assignment

Assignment planner

Use our assignment planner to create a step-by-step plan for completing your assignment with:

  • Manageable steps based on the time you have
  • Dates by which you should try to complete each step
  • Tips for completing each step and links to useful online resources.

Planning your assignment, from Student Support, has information to help you get started planning your essay or report.

Review your lecture and tutorial notes before you begin your assignment. Your lecturer will have mentioned key concepts that will help you with your assignment research.

Manage your time

It’s very important to manage your time effectively. You may have multiple assignments and activities to complete at the same time. Careful planning can save you valuable time, as you will have to:

  • research your assignment topic
  • write a first draft
  • edit the first draft
  • rewrite your draft and edit it again
  • submit the assignment.

Mark the dates that your assignments are due on a calendar so you can see when they have to be submitted. Allow 3 to 4 weeks to work on the assignment.

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Get more tips to help with Time Management and Procrastination from Student Support.

Get it checked

It is a good idea to get someone else to read your assignment before you submit it. They may spot a mistake that you missed. Spell check tools often won’t find words that are spelt correctly but are used incorrectly in the sentence (e.g.“from” instead of “form”). You can also use a text-to-speech tool to convert your assignment text into spoken words. Then you can listen for any strange sentences or spelling errors.

Take a break

Remember to take regular breaks when writing your assignment. Taking regular breaks will allow you to return to your work with a clear mind and may help you to focus on your writing.

Develop your skills

UQ Student Support also hold study skills workshops; the workshops concentrate on developing skills in research skills, speaking skills, assignment and exam help and are available to all students.

Written assessments are not the only types of assignments that you might be required to create during your time at UQ. The Types of assignments module has information on completing other assessment types, such as videos, audio or presentations.

The right tool

If you need to select a tool to create your assignment, the Choose the right tool module has information on a variety of software, tools and apps for different tasks.

File-sharing warning

File-sharing services buy, sell or trade academic content. They often portray themselves as cutting-edge and collaborative while offering homework help and study resources. While some sites may offer genuine help services, they are typically businesses which profit from the upload of student-generated and university-owned materials. There are also private sharing sites on platforms such as Facebook, WeChat or other sharing apps.

Risk of academic misconduct with file-sharing

Using file sharing platforms can result in academic misconduct. You should avoid:

  • uploading your assessments (exams, assignments or coding) for others to use.
  • uploading course materials such as PowerPoint slides or class notes in violation of the lecturer’s intellectual property rights.
  • downloading work completed by others and submitting all, or part of it as your own work.
  • getting answers for any assessable item such as exams, quizzes, homework tasks etc.

Complete the Academic Integrity Modules to make sure you understand your responsibilities.

Academic integrity and student conduct has more information on academic misconduct.

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