4 tips to help you get your coursework done over Christmas
Ah yes, Christmas time. Great food and great company, and lots of coursework weighing me down.
Here are some tips for getting coursework done over the festive period.
Make a timetable
Of all the tips in this article, this is the one that’ll help you the most.
Quick scenario–it’s three weeks till deadlines. You’ve been procrastinating. You have three essays due and nowhere to start.—this was me last year.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you have no idea where to start. So if you don’t have a plan, start planning your plan. Bullet point everything you need to do each day leading up to your deadlines and start ticking them off. One by one. It makes everything easier to track.
Trust me, it takes a load off of your mind.
Check out past essays
Okay, so for those of you who have no idea where to begin, this one is a must! After spending my first two years trying to suss out how to structure different types of essays, one of my friends pointed me towards Innervate. Now—quick disclaimer here—Innervate is pretty much only relevant to English students at the University of Nottingham. But, if you ask around, I’m pretty sure your University will have something similar in-store.
Anyway—Innervate has filed a tonne of exemplary final-year work, with essays on plenty of the modules I’m currently taking. It’s pretty helpful to read through these to see what’s expected of the higher graded work.
Use your tutors
The people marking your essays are probably the best people to consult if you’re aiming for the higher grades. E-mail them and ask questions. It’ll give you clarity as to what you need. Plus, on some modules, you can send your tutors a small chunk of your essay/ essay plan to be given feedback on.
Just double-check that you’re allowed to do this.
Your tutor may be unavailable over the Christmas break, but it’s worth checking in in the New Year before deadlines creep up on you even more.
Don’t overdo it
Schedule in breaks. Your mental health can take a beating if you’re constantly stressed about work. Sometimes, it helps to get in some exercise. But, if you don’t fancy a run in this sub-zero weather then watch a film, play games, read a (non-course related) book.
And of course, chill out with the family. It is Christmas after all.