1st Proof:

It’s a good idea for students to relocate from their work space for this. For example, they could take their assignment to a park or another room – somewhere they will sit with new focus for a set time. Students should go to this place with the sole purpose to proof. Ensure they take the criteria along – what the question is asking. The first proof needs to take into account the following factors.

  • WORD COUNT: Is the word count assessment within the specified limit? If it is not, note how many words need to be cut.
  • SPELLING / GRAMMAR: Spelling and grammar need to be correct. If using a computer, spell check will help – but students should not just rely on it. For example, they might have typed ‘from’ when they meant ‘form’. The spell check won’t pick that up.
  • SOURCES: Are all sources listed for visuals, examples and quotes?
  • CRITERIA / QUESTION ANSWERED? Check the criteria and tick where the criteria has been addressed. This will ensure the assignment answers everything asked.
  • REPETITION: It’s easy to repeat points, double check this hasn’t happened.
  • USEFUL INFORMATION: It’s not uncommon to write unnecessary information. Are there points that don’t really answer the question? Is it written clearly? Is there any information that could be left out? Is there any information that needs to be added?
  • REINFORCE: This is where students need to finalise which words they will bold, highlight, underline etc. so the assignment clearly identifies the main points. Bolding can let the teacher see clearly that they overed all the parts of the question, that there is a sequence of ideas and students have organised the information well.
  • FIX: Make sure that when students are back at their desk that they fix all of the errors they found.

2nd Proof:

The next day students should repeat the above steps, but this time – READ THE ASSIGNMENT OUT LOUD! If they didn’t print their assignment to proof the first time, now could be the time. Reading and hearing the words spoken in different mediums can sometimes give a new perspective to their writing. Students should note down any changes that they need to make, and make them.

3rd Proof:

It’s always a good idea to have someone do a final check on the assignment. It is common for the writer not to pick up typos or silly mistakes because he/she knows what they meant and sees the words they intended to write, and not the errors. So students should recruit a proof reader (parent, relatives, older sibling or friend etc.).

If your school subscribes to www.studyskillshandbook.com.au you can learn more about how students can achieve their personal best at school by working through the units on the site. There is a whole unit on Assignment Skills. Check if your school subscribes here. This tip is also emailed to the main contact teachers for the subscribing schools to www.studyskillshandbook.com.au to use in their school newsletters.

NOTE: The CONTENT on this blog and the email newsletters is NOT TO BE COPIED, reproduced or shared in any form.

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Dr Prue Salter
Enhanced Learning Educational Services
The study skills specialist!
Study Skills Resources: www.enhanced-learning.net

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Does your student ever leave their assignments until the last minute? Well here are 5 reasons you can give your student to start work on their assignments immediately.

GET YOUR BRAIN THINKING ABOUT THE TOPIC: At the very least, read through the requirements of the assignment on the day you get your assignment. Even if you are not thinking about it directly, your subconscious will be hard at work.

FIND LIBRARY RESOURCES: Although the library may not be your main source of reference, you should drop in soon after receiving the assignment. Reference books, resources and magazines will disappear quickly. It is not a good idea to only use Google.

DISCOVER OTHER RESOURCES: You could also ask your local librarian for any additional direction on where to look for resource material for your assignment. Librarians know how to help people access relevant information, in books, journals and in computer based references.

STARTING EARLY MEANS MORE TIME TO EXPLORE & ASK FOR HELP: Your initial research might be on assignment points you’ve identified through the library, references your teacher may have given you, school textbooks, and/or general internet search engines. If you start this early, you could discover that you don’t actually understand important concepts and that perhaps you need to speak to your teacher to get further clarity.

CREATE A SAFETY NET: Starting your assignment immediately will give you a safety net in case you get sick, or something unexpected happens. You should always have a schedule that allows for the unexpected.

If your school subscribes to www.studyskillshandbook.com.au you can learn more about how to help your child achieve their personal best at school by working through the units on the site. There is a whole unit on Assignment Skills. Check if your school subscribes here. This tip is also emailed to the main contact teachers for the subscribing schools to www.studyskillshandbook.com.au to use in their school newsletters.

NOTE: The CONTENT on this blog and the email newsletters is NOT TO BE COPIED, reproduced or shared in any form.

The only exception to this are the SUBSCRIBING SCHOOLS to www.studyskillshandbook.com.au who have permission to use these tips in their school newsletters, forward to students and parents or post on school noticeboards.

Dr Prue Salter
Enhanced Learning Educational Services
The study skills specialist!
Study Skills Resources: www.enhanced-learning.net

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STUDY SKILLS TIP #75 – MAKING GREAT STUDY NOTES

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STUDY SKILLS TIP #71 – MINDFULNESS AND MEDITATION

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STUDY SKILLS TIP #70 – MANAGING EXPECTATIONS ABOUT RESULTS

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STUDY SKILLS TIP #69 – DEALING WITH EXAM PRESSURE

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STUDY SKILLS TIP #68 – DEALING WITH PROCRASTINATION

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Procrastination is the act of putting off a task which you know you have to do, even though you know that putting it off will probably be worse for you in the long run. For example, when students procrastinate about starting an assignment it doesn’t make the assignment go away, or the deadline change, it […]

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