How to make the most of your final assessments

Student writing an assingment in bed.

Exam time might be coming but for many students, that also means that lots and lots of assessment due dates are approaching. This will undoubtedly cause a lot of stress, and if you’re like me, this can sometimes be a bit overwhelming. Finding helpful resources and a few great tips and tricks here and there can help you get through that massive workload ahead.

With that in mind, here are a few tricks and resources to use so you can get across the finish line.

It’s almost over

The best thing to remember is that you are so close to it being all over. Just a couple of weeks more and then you can relax when the mid year break arrives. It’s just a couple more things to do and then it will be all done.

Plan, plan, plan

Now is the time to plan and strategise how you are going to attack these final assessments. Have a look at what is involved, like the length of the assessment and it’s weighting. It may be worthwhile to focus on the heavier weighting assessment compared with one not worth as much.

Also work out how you study best so you can be very productive when you put your heart and soul onto that page. Maybe you’re a night owl who can stay up in bed and type away, or maybe you are an early bird who can get up early and smash out a couple of hundred words. Find out what works for you.

Finding primary resources

For those assessments that involve a lot of research, finding a good amount of good quality primary resources can be a challenge. I have found newspapers are an incredible find as lots can be used, such as headlines, content and photographs.

Trove from the National Library of Australia is a fantastic resource where you can find newspapers from now back to the 1800’s and much more, like books, music and government documents. Check it out!!!

Don’t forget the referencing

Referencing is usually only worth 5% in assessments, but that 5% could be the difference between going up or down an entire grade. Once you learn it, they’re practically free marks. For more information and easy to read referencing guides, check out Charles Sturt University’s referencing guide.

Where you can find help

Sometimes you might need a little bit of extra help, and Charles Sturt University can provide you with the support you need so you can strive towards high marks.

For more assessment help, check out all the resources available for assignments here at Charles Sturt University.

Additionally, you can get in contact with the Online Study Team for help with writing your reports and essays. You can also book your place in one of many workshops available for you, either in a group session for advice or by booking a one-on-one appointment for individual support.

Find out what methods work for you and go for it.

Good luck with all of your assessments. You’re almost there.