How to Make an Assignment Schedule.

A large part of university, or college is having assignments. And the best way to deal with them is to make an assignment schedule. I learned this the hard way during my first year, but have a method that once put in place made them a dream. I will give you an outline of the steps, and then 3 examples for time frames. Because some assignments have more notice and some less.

The Steps:

Understand and Analyze Your Assignment – Take a look at the assignment and read it through. Make sure you understand exactly what it is that you need to do. If you have any questions about it this is when you schedule an appointment to see your academic advisor, professor, or teaching assistant.

Narrow an Assigned Topic or Choose and Narrow Your Own Topic – Assignment topics are given to your in broader terms so that you can make it more your own. Those marking it aren’t looking for identical essays from every student. Choose a topic that is of interest to you. This will make it seem less like homework. If you can’t think of anything use lecture topics as an inspiration or textbook chapters. This will be your starting point.

Perform Preliminary Research and Reading -When you enter this stage start making a working bibliography. Be sure to use a variety of sources when researching. Especially physical documents, or peer-reviewed journals. Collect a wider set of notes that you can later narrow once a thesis is developed.

Develop a Thesis – This is a working thesis that may change or evolve. Take the information you have learned about your topic of research and use it to create an argument. It can be the linking of two elements, the negative or positive impacts, even that the event could have been entirely avoided. Remember to do something you find interesting, and most importantly, easier for you to argue.

Create a Strategy for Research and Begin Research – This is when you lay out what sources you will collect, read, and hopefully use. If your library doesn’t have a book you want you might be able to have them order it in so you can read it. The same goes for journals. You should also set aside specific times you plan to research.

Create an Outline – Start by looking at the length of the assignment you are going to be writing, and then figure out approximately how many paragraphs will be needed. From there gather the information you have gathered and group it into similar subjects. Then assign them to paragraphs to establish some flow.

Additional Research – Find the information you need that can link together the paragraphs you plan to write, and new information altogether for ones you have not yet been able to fill.

Write you First Draft – Now that you have an outline and have done your research this should be a lot easier to do. This is when you work more on content than you do on flow. You should already have all the information you need at the point so research is over.

Revise and Edit – Print out and go through the assignment to Have your friend or family members read over the assignment to look for mistakes your eyes have missed because you may read it how you meant it to be instead of how it actually is. I like to run my assignments through Google Translate and have it read out loud so I can catch places I need to make corrections.

Write Your Final Draft – You can make as many revisions in between your first and final draft as you think you need. But once this is done your assignment should be ready to submit.

With these steps, I will show you 3 different examples of an assignment schedule.

2 Month Time Frame:

Day 1 – Understand and Analyze Your Assignment.

Day 3 – Narrow an Assigned Topic or Choose and Narrow Your Own Topic.

Day 5 – Perform Preliminary Research and Reading.

Day 7 – Develop a Thesis.

Day 9 – Create a Strategy for Reseach and Begin Research.

Day 33 – Create an Outline.

Day 34 – Additional Research.

Day 40 – Write Your First Draft.

Day 53 – Revise and Edit.

Day 59 – Write Your Final Draft.

1 Month Time Frame:

Day 1 – Understand and Analyze Your Assignment.

Day 2 – Narrow an Assigned Topic or Choose and Narrow Your Own Topic.

Day 3 – Perform Preliminary Research and Reading.

Day 4 – Develop a Thesis.

Day 5 – Create a Strategy for Reseach and Begin Research.

Day 17 – Create an Outline.

Day 17 – Additional Research.

Day 21 – Write Your First Draft.

Day 27 – Revise and Edit.

Day 30 – Write Your Final Draft.

2 Week Time Frame:

Day 1 – Understand and Analyze Your Assignment.

Day 1 – Narrow an Assigned Topic or Choose and Narrow Your Own Topic.

Day 2 – Perform Preliminary Research and Reading.

Day 2 – Develop a Thesis.

Day 3 – Create a Strategy for Reseach and Begin Research.

Day 8 – Create an Outline.

Day 8 – Additional Research.

Day 10 – Write Your First Draft.

Day 12 – Revise and Edit.

Day 14 – Write Your Final Draft.

Now hopefully you won’t be tempted to leave all of your work to the last minute by using an assignment schedule I have suggested. For more university tips check out the #CToHustle Page.