Have you ever had an assignment where you just didn’t know where to start? Well here are some tips on how to complete such an assignment as well as how to manage your stress as you go!
You’ve just been assigned a large project you don’t understand:
The first step is to set aside the time needed to complete the project without causing undue stress for yourself. During this, you should also pick a location to work that will not be a large distraction, such as the library, a quiet student lounge, or even just a place outside of your normal environment to spark new ideas.
The second step is always research. A great place to go is the Columbia Library Web Page!
But what if you don’t get enough information? Or even too much?
First, make sure the resources you have are scholarly. This is as simple as checking the box on the library search results! Second, never forget that you can get books from other schools using the library’s iShare feature! Third, a Writing Center consultant can always help you sort the information you’ve found as well as help you find new key words to search for more.
Before you start trying to put all of that wonderful information to use, make sure you have it organized. The best way to do this, is an outline or bubble diagram!
Time to start Draft One. Keep in mind that the first draft does not have to be perfect! Just get down the ideas and facts you organized in your outline.
After you feel that you have written all that you can, it is time to revise!
Now, no one likes revision, but know you’re not FOREVER ALONE! This is a great time to visit the learning studio, once again! A consultant will gladly go through your first draft with you and discuss any points that need expansion or point out parts that can be condensed. Hopefully by the time you leave your session, you will be confident about constructing your final draft!
If you want, a consultant will go over your draft again or even help with citations. We’re trained in all formats, especially MLA, APA, and Kate Turabian/Chicago Style!
Now you’re ready to turn in the project when the due date arrives!
Now you have all of the knowledge needed to complete a tricky assignment!