Top Tips:

  • Understand the assignment

    Take time to carefully read the instructions for the assignment and the rubric or marking scheme before starting. Understanding task words can help you figure out what the instructor wants you to do. Use the rubric to ensure that you are addressing all the points you are being marked on. Ask your instructor if you are unclear of what the expectations for the assignment are. 

  • Get a head start

    It is easy to underestimate the amount of time it can take to complete an assignment. Leaving it to the last minute will leave you stressed and will likely result in a subpar or even incomplete assignment. Always avoid procrastination and start early. Use an assignment calculator, such as the one offered by Seneca College, and our Task Breakdown tool to help plan the steps to the assignment. 

  • Reference research as you work

    Many assignment will require research that has to be cited and referenced. Make sure you track where you found information using our Tracking your Sources document to save you time later. If you need help citing and referencing using APA @ Conestoga, see our website

  • Check it over

    Never hand in an assignment before reviewing it! First, check the instructions and rubric to make sure you have completed all components or tasks of the assignment. Next, read through the assignment to make sure your ideas make sense, you are not repeating yourself, and you are not leaving out any important information. Proofread for errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Our Writing Guide has resources to help with the writing process, grammar, and more.

    Don't rely on the computer to catch errors. While spellcheck and grammar check can be helpful, they do not catch everything. Consider printing your assignment and proofreading a hardcopy as well. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know what to actually do for the assignment? I read the instructions, but I don't understand them.

Start by noticing the task words in the question. Understanding what these words mean will help clarify what you have to do for the assignment. Look through your course materials to see if you can apply the information to the assignment. If in doubt, ask your instructor to clarify the assignment expectations. 

How do I edit my writing? 

Editing is a process, not an event. There are many layers to think about. This checklist can guide you through the editing process. Check out our Writing Guide for resources on essay structure, grammar, punctuation, and editing strategies.

It's a specific type of assignment. Where can I get more information?

Try our toolkits for Research Paper, Group Work, and Presentations. Questions about APA referencing? Check out our Referencing Guide or APA@Conestoga

I can't figure out the answers for my assignment. What should I do?

First, review course materials such as class notes, handouts, past assignments and your textbook. If you have difficulty understanding course concepts, consider a tutor appointment to review it with an upper-year tutor.