1. Planning assignments

Plan your assignment

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  1. Start planning
  2. Improve your research skills
  3. Put it into words
  4. Reference your work
  5. Polish your assignment


Academic Skills have more information on Understanding your assignment task

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:

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.

Get tips to help with procrastination with this Charlie blog post – The ultimate guide to beat procrastination

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 read your work aloud or 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. Studiosity will provide you with feedback on ways to improve the writing in your draft assignment.

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

Join a workshop! These are available to all students and focus on developing skills in research, assignment writing, and exam preparation.

Written essays are not the only type of assignments that you might be required to create during your time at university. Find information on how to complete other task types, including reports, posters, and oral presentations on the ”Understanding your assessment task‘ page.

Written assessments are not the only types of assignments that you might be required to create during your time at university.  has information on completing other assessment types, such as reports, poster or oral presentations and reflective writing.

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.

Important warning on file-sharing services

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.

Visit Charles Sturt’s Academic Integrity page to make sure you understand your responsibilities.

If you are experiencing difficulty, get help from:

  • your course teaching team.
  • Academic skills – help to prepare for your assignments, plan your work, reference and manage stress.
  • the Library – a range of services are available for students to help with access and research.


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