How to know when you’re ready to submit your assessment
Submit now or do just one more revision? When it comes to your assessment, questions like these are important ones. Submitting an assessment that hits the mark in every respect is the key to your success, but how do you know it’s ready to send especially when you don’t have the luxury of time?
Have you understood the assessment properly?
Many assessments are incomplete, and marked as such, because they’re submitted without answering key questions or addressing salient points. This usually occurs through a failure to properly understand the assessment in the first place, something addressed by the Comparative Media Studies Unit of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. To be across your assignment from day one, they suggest you do the following:
- Ask questions about the key aspects of the assignment including the paper’s purpose, the amount of research required, length requirements and possible approaches
- Read the assignment more than once
- Highlight key assignment words such as argue, define, describe, and evaluate
- Highlight all other key technical terms that are course-specific or discipline-specific
- Consider suggestions for topics given by the assignment itself
- Consider which concepts or methods the assignment asks you to use.
Make sure it makes sense
Understanding your assessment is one thing but how well have you expressed that understanding? Have you displayed a strong knowledge and grasp of your coursework? Is your writing style concise enough to clearly articulate your points?
Your thoughts and concepts should form a logical sequence throughout your assessment, and show you have fully understood the requirements of the assignment. What you say, and how you say it, should make sense and be based on solid research and findable references; have you checked your sources and referenced correctly? Revision will help you answer these key questions.
Revision should never be an afterthought
Revision is not about checking spelling or grammar. These things must be reviewed as part of the proofreading process, while revision, according to The Writing Centre of the University of North Carolina, should be:
“an ongoing process of rethinking the paper: reconsidering your arguments, reviewing your evidence, refining your purpose, reorganising your presentation, reviving stale prose.”
Leave as much time as possible between completing each draft and revising the piece so you can see what you’ve written with a fresh mind. Ask someone else to read the assessment to make sure it is coherent, logical and actually readable! And don’t revise just once. Every revision is a golden opportunity to improve your assessment, so keep revising right up until the deadline.
A great rule of thumb to remember when it comes to seeking support from Griffith directly is that if you have academic questions or concerns related to the course content or assessments, reach out directly to your course convener. On the other hand your Student Support Advisor is the one to call when you don’t feel you’re coping or just need some support to get over hurdles with your mindset or ability to prioritise.
Of course, in some very rare cases, there may be some special circumstances out of your control that threaten to stop you from submitting on time, speak to your Student Success Advisor without delay and together you can formulate a plan without losing vital marks.