Some professors are stricter about late assignments than others. One might give you a failing grade if you’re late with two or more papers, for example, while another merely lowers each assignment’s highest-possible grade by one letter.
But no matter what penalties you might face for late homework, you should turn in every assignment on time. This gives your professors a better impression of you as a student; relieves a big part of your school-related anxieties, and gives you more confidence in the classroom.
Consider these tips to help you meet your deadlines without too much stress or hassle!
Begin each project as early as possible
If you wait until the day before the homework is due, you don’t leave yourself time to work out difficult problems, edit your work, or polish up the project. You can’t turn in your very best work if you’re rushing through the assignment, so give yourself time to do a good job. This also gives you the chance to ask questions and get help if you don’t understand some things.
Divide the work into reasonable sections
If you have to read three chapters and then write an essay about them, for example, you can break this up into smaller chunks. Read one chapter each day and then write on the fourth day if time permits. This keeps you from feeling overloaded and rushing through the rest just to be finished with the whole thing.
Keep track of deadlines and submission dates
You can use a paper calendar or an app to keep up with what is due on which day. You really don’t want to spend several hours in your research paper, only to realise it’s due today and you’ve left it at home.
Prepare yourself the night before each class meeting
Don’t wait until the morning of class, when you might be rushed and forgetful. Take a little bit of time the previous night to pack your bag, print your project, and pen down discussion notes.
Read your syllabus
This typically includes information about deadlines, penalties for late or missing work and etc. A syllabus might also include all of that professor’s preferred methods of receiving your work. Some professors do not, for example, let you e-mail your papers. If you knew this at the beginning of the semester, you won’t be surprised if you try to e-mail later and receive a penalty for not following the professor’s guidelines.
Get together with other students
This can help you stay focused on the assignment and get feedback from other people. Both are very helpful, especially if you’re struggling with the project alone.
As you continue with school, you’ll find other things that help you stay focused and on the right path. Figuring out what works best for you, and using that information, will make you a more effective and confident student. You’ll learn more, earn higher grades, and get more out of your education!