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Use the grading rubric as a checklist to make sure you complete all the parts of the assignment.

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Form study groups with your classmates. You can review the reading together and edit each other’s work.

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Be as specific as possible when asking questions. “How do I do this?” is not good. “I tried this and this, what do I do now?” or “I read page 35 and understand X but not Y” is.

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If you need a non-academic resource, your professor might be able to point you in the right direction. Most profs are given information on how to help students.

The various schools I’ve worked at have given me a list of non-academic resources I can share with my students. 🙂

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Even though the word count or page count seems really long, you can do it! It’s possible!

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It can be nerve-wracking, but participate in class discussions. You have great ideas, share them!

Talking through the class materials will also help you gain a deeper understanding.

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Take care with what you post online, whether an email or a social network: the internet is forever, and you never know what will come back to haunt you.

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Task seem daunting? Divide it into pieces. Work for a set amount of time (15 minutes, 30 minutes, an hour), then move on to a different task.

I tend to work in one hour chunks. I set the alarm on my phone, and when it goes off, I move on to something else.

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Take advantage of extra credit opportunities: extra points are helpful, and you might learn something, too.

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Don’t have Microsoft Word? Open Office has most of the same features and it’s free. Just make sure to save your files in .doc format.

Open Office doesn’t have every feature that Word does, though, so be aware of assignment and project requirements. And double-check you are saving as .doc or .docs, not .odt!

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