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As you write

The Obvious Stuff.

Don’t forget the basics.

‘Checking all the boxes’

Getting the basics right


We have listed here important things that will hopefully be obvious to all 😉

Spelling and Grammar

Use the spelling and grammar checker in the writing software you are using. This will pick up most mistakes. Teachers hate it when students have not taken this simple step. This is where teachers will likely deduct marks.

You need to be careful as sometimes the software confuses one word for another.

Don’t be Late

Get your report or essay in on time or if it looks like there will be a problem take action to discuss this with your teacher. This is an example of managing your teacher.

Communicate a problem early

If you have a problem doing your assignment, don’t leave it until the last minute to ask your teacher about it. If you do something about it early, this should cause less stress and drama.

Copying means trouble

It is easy and fast to copy parts of a friend’s assignment or to copy pieces of text from websites. Unfortunately it is also very easy for universities to see that it has been copied. Most assignments are uploaded into plagiarism software. In most cases, this tells your teacher exactly where text was copied from. This makes you look pretty silly.

Always keep a backup

To help avoid disaster you need to back up your files. We recommend storing your assignment in 2 places that are physically separated.

For example, you may backup your files onto a USB stick and then keep it in your laptop bag. This means that if your laptop fails you should be able to use the backup from the USB stick.

But what if you lose your laptop and bag?

The best thing is to keep your backup physically separated from your computer.

Cloud computing allows you to put your backup onto a server that lives in another area, city or country.

A simple backup is to email your report or essay to yourself. This then places a copy on the email server.

To be extra sure, we recommend putting a copy on a USB that is kept away from your computer and emailing it to yourself or using a cloud backup.

You need to backup regularly. Because if something goes wrong you may lose all the work you did since your last backup.

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