How to Handle a Lengthy Coursework

The length and depth of the coursework is one of the main indicators of students’ decisions. When it’s long and looks like something you can’t finish in one sitting, you opt to start right away.

On the other hand, if the length doesn’t seem to scare you, opt for working it when you feel like it. And in most cases, you ‘feel like’ doing it when the deadline comes close, dangerously close. Hence, added in the mix of variables to consider is the fluctuating and not-so reliable confidence.

But regardless of these elements and putting solely in the picture the coursework’s length, how should students handle it?

Cut it into blocks

A huge coursework appears to be less daunting when chopped into pieces or blocks. But how do you chop it? A lot of it depends in the kind of coursework you are writing. If it already comes in a prescribed outline (eg, introduction, section X, Y, Z, conclusion), there’s practically no need to chop. Instead, choose to treat each part of the outline as your block.

On the other hand, if no outline or sections come in handy, you got to assign it yourself. For instance, if it’s a 2000 word count essay, divide it by a particular number of days, say 5 days (that’s one week). This means, you’ll have to opt for at least 400 words per day.

And if you could afford to exceed that goal, it would be better.

Assign working-time for each

In the latter example, you are able to conveniently assign a workable work-time for a lengthy 2000 words coursework. Essentially, assigning is easy-peasy for short term courseworks (takes days and weeks). This may not be the same with long term courseworks that span for months.

Suffice it is to say, the coursework competes with your other activities. Perhaps, you might even have to sacrifice some downtime or sleep to make it work. But with a proper and well spread out course-working, this need not be the case.

So, how do you assign working-time? Put it at a slot wherein your energy levels isn’t plummeting. Because courseworks often entail sitting in an ergonomic chair, doing some searches and drafting, students think that it doesn’t require much.

Evidently, that’s just wrong. They need the energy – to think creatively and write it. Hence, write when you’re at a tiptop shape. You know your body-clock better than anyone. If afternoons are a high time, assign it as a working time. Otherwise, put it a morning slot, dawn slot, or any other slot.
Finally, proofreading and revising it. A messy coursework always gets itself fixed during proofreading sessions. Hence, do make time for critiquing and editing it.

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