Assignment and Exam Guidance

Whether you have been out of education for a while or coming to University straight from College or Sixth Form, you will notice that there are differences in how you are assessed.

You may be worried that you’ll be required to write essays which are pages and pages long and you won’t know how to do it. Don’t panic!

You will not be thrown in at the deep end and just expected to swim.

Here are our top tips about Assignments and Exams:

  • Attend HEADstart or HEADonline
    HEADstart and HEADonline are preparatory courses for new undergraduate students. Both courses have been designed to help students think about what they want from their studies whilst developing the skills needed to study effectively and successfully during their time at Newman. Students attending the courses frequently agree that engaging in the course helps to build their confidence, lasting friendships and ultimately, get ahead with their university studies.
  • Book an appointment with a Learning Support Tutor
    There are Learning Support Tutor’s at University who are happy to give you guidance on writing your assignments, exam preparation and note-taking. They are available each week day so book yourself an appointment and take the worry away.
  • Attend the Learning Development Workshops
    There are a number of workshops on offer to students throughout the year At Newman which include academic style, time management and much more.
  • Give yourself time
    Plan ahead and give yourself time to avoid the last minute panic and all-nighters in the library. Once you have your module information and assignment deadlines have a look at how many weeks you have and set yourself targets of how much work you are going to do each week. Remember, you will have to do extra reading and research so include time to do this.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help
    If there are aspects of your assignment that you are struggling with it is best to ask for help. Your lecturers will be happy to discuss your assignment with you and give you some tips and answer your questions. Do not sit and worry alone. There are plenty of people who can help you at University.
  • Plan your assignment structure
    This can be as detailed as you like, but it will certainly help when writing your assignment. Ensure you have an introduction, an argument and a conclusion. Always read back over your assignment to make sure you have answered the question.
  • Don’t waffle
    Just because you have a word count don’t start adding in words just so you hit that target. You need to make sure what you are saying is to the point, a strong argument and backed by existing research. If you need to cut text out then do so; if it’s not supporting your argument or answering the question, cut it out.
  • Have a break
    It’s important to give yourself breaks. It’s rare that someone can sit down at their desk for 10 hours straight and write a good quality essay or take everything in that they are revising. You don’t need to chain yourself to your desk and it’s healthier and more productive to have regular breaks. It will also give you a chance to re-read your work and correct and amend anything or to take things in and test yourself ahead of an exam.
  • Brush up on your Referencing skills
    Universities may use different referencing systems, however, there will be lost of advice around referencing, including workshops run by the University library. Follow the University’s guidelines around referencing.
  • Follow the University’s guidelines around formatting
    There might be certain rules around spacing, type font and font sizing that you must stick to so make sure you are aware of these guidelines whilst writing your assignment.