Knowing how to plan out your assignment has a lot to do with time management and prioritization. Here are some tips to make sure you aren’t pulling an “all-nighter” the night before the deadline:
- Don’t procrastinate. If you have time, start the assignment as soon as possible. There’s no time like the present!
- Know the assignment requirements. Make sure you know type of assignment you’re being asked to prepare (i.e. research essay, literature review, lab report, etc.). Each assignment type tends to have different overall learning objectives.
- Know how much time you need to complete the assignment. Know when it is due and create a work-back plan that breaks the assignment down into smaller, manageable parts.
- Use the “Assignment Calculator” developed by U of T. Select the type of assignment you’re working on and it’s due date and this calculator will propose a work-back schedule for you, walk you through the appropriate steps and things you should consider, and provide you with additional resources.
- Talk to your professor or TA. It’s always a good idea to ask your professor or TA for help should you have questions or need clarification and the assignment and requirements.