Homework! Well, this is something that tops the list of every student’s biggest fears. Dodging through deadlines, making past the teacher’s grades not in one, but multiple subjects, this task is not as easy as it looks. Not only doing the homework, but getting good grades for your hard-work is equally important. And that requires a good understanding of the topic, teacher’s expectations and timely submission. But unknowingly there are many-a-times we fail to get good remarks on our assignments despite of putting in 100 percent dedication.
Well, hard work is not always the key to success, many times, its SMART-WORK. Yes, knowing about your teacher, understanding the topic and a few more shortcuts might get you that A grade, you’ve been eyeing since so long.
Here are some intelligent ways, which can make your homework more effective and you-the favourite student.
- Grammatical errors: Poor grammar is a grade-wrecker. It definitely is the most frustrating experience to check an assignment full of wrong tense or improper pronouns. Specially in the case of languages, grammar is a prominent factor that can deeply affect your grades. Poor grammar can put you in your teacher’s bad books and probably affect your grades for the rest of the term.
How to avoid: Many online websites offer grammar check to let you filter your improper grammar. Focus on building up knowledge for a particular language. Choose the language you have a stronger hand in, as your core language in other subjects.
- Misunderstanding the topic: Always make sure to read the topic a couple of times before you start working on it. Keep your research deep enough for you to have a proper understanding or opinion about it. It is really annoying for a teacher to go through a long assignment only to find out at the end that the student has misunderstood the entire topic. It’s a sheer wastage of your time as well as your teacher’s.
How to avoid: Analyse your topic properly and always write what you’ve understood from it. Make sure your study resources are legitimate, to avoid misunderstandings and false information. Preparing your assignment on your understanding will always benefit you.
- Missing the deadline: A teacher always gives deadlines due to several reasons, missing them can prove to be a very big problem for you. Where some teachers do not accept late submissions, many even give you a grade down just to make you realise the importance of punctuality. This also gives an impression of irresponsibility no matter how good your assignment actually was.
How to avoid: Keep a proper schedule for managing your assignment dates. In urgent situations, you can also take assignment help from online websites or real-time service providers.
- Improper use of words: Words are like weapons, when used in the most appropriate manner, can really be effective. But poorly used vocabulary and ill-formed sentences can be a complete buzzkill. If your words aren’t used properly, they indicate a clear lack of knowledge, no matter how well you understand the topic. Being able to write your opinions in an appropriate manner can really prove to be useful for your grades.
How to avoid: Making out proper time for your assignment and proofreading them several times can reduce the chances of mistakes in your work. You can also have someone else read your work to analyse it from a different perspective. Avoid using difficult vocabulary and words you’re not sure about.
- Writing style: Many schools, colleges and universities promote certain writing styles, in certain subjects. Know what your teacher expects from you and deliver the expected results. Writing an assignment isn’t all about just pouring down information on some sheets, it needs to be properly presented and served. Keep your words and phrases attractive, to gain extra credit.
How to avoid: Add headings or sub-headings to your work. Use famous quotes or phrases to add the depth to your opinions. Keep yourself educated about the writing styles and chalk out how to present a certain information in a proper way.
- Plagiarism: Worst of all errors, plagiarism is a very bad practice often adopted by students to cut short the hard-work of researching and writing down. It is very easy these days, to look up the internet and find out the plagiarism in your work. It puts up an ugly impression in front of your teacher.
How to avoid: Always write your own ideas and opinions. Even if you do some research, write the concept in your own understanding. It is okay to be original and raw. Afterall, you are a student and you are still learning. But taking others words and ideas is a very pathetic practice.
- Incomplete subject knowledge: Having half or partial knowledge about something is quite dangerous, this can really mess with your grades and knowledge. If you are working on something, know everything about it. Because writing on something without even properly knowing about it, that’s very irresponsible.
How to avoid: Keep your research very focussed and deep. Know all you need to know about what you are writing about. Making mistakes because of deficient knowledge in a subject is a sign of ignorance. Write only what you know. Don’t write just anything just to make your work interesting and attractive. Do not make up facts on your own.
Everyone makes mistakes, they are a part of learning, so is failure. As a student, making mistakes is how one learns. It is important to learn from them and not repeating. Remember, talking to your teachers can help you in the long run.