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How To Pass Your Assessments And Prepare Properly

The biggest hurdle when studying are assessments - keeping on top of everything and trying to receive good grades. Here are sustainable techniques you can use to keep up the quality of your assessments throughout your studies. 

Learn how to reference accordingly 

Referencing can be a difficult concept to wrap your head around and get right. There are serious consequences for plagiarism, even if it’s done by mistake. By familiarising yourself with your course’s referencing style early, it will help you later down the track when you’re trying to focus purely on your assessment and ideas. 

Have a few practise runs, chat to your course coordinator about referencing and always triple check your references. 

Put time aside to edit

Taking time to proofread and edit your work can often make a difference to your results at the end of a course. When planning your assessments, factoring in time for these final touches could see you achieve a higher mark.

The University offers several online and in-person support services to help you develop your writing and editing skills, including Studiosity and the Writing Centre. If you’re working with numbers or calculations, the Maths Learning Centre is available to you.

Using online tools can also help you edit your work, but keep in mind that your tutors want to see your original work. Make sure you don’t rely on these tools to rewrite your assessments, and check the University’s advice on the responsible use of artificial intelligence and digital tools.


Pre-prepare for assessment tasks



Get familiar with your assessment tasks in advance and start mapping out topics, research and references. Discuss these concepts with your course coordinator or peers to help you bounce ideas around and make sure you’re on the right track. So when it comes to working on your assessment, you’ll be able to dive straight into the ideas and focus on what is required.

Always re-read the assessment instructions - before, during and after. Understanding simple assessment directions such as ‘compare’, ‘examine’ and ‘analyse’ will make a huge difference to the quality and outcome of your assessment. 

By checking that you’ve completed the steps above before submitting your assessment, you’ll know you’re ready to turn it in for a great mark.

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