Coping with assignments


#1

Psychology students in International Medical University (IMU) have long and short semesters. A long semester would be 14 weeks while a short semester would be 7 weeks long. After the weeks, usually there would be 7 days as ‘Study Week’ for you to prepare for your finals, or better known as End of Semester examination (EOS). So having assignments in a long semester would be less stressful because your deadlines are usually around week 10-14, which are the finals weeks of the semester. However, having assignments during short semester can be quite stressful because you are probably going to have 3 subjects with 14 chapters each, to be finished by the end of week 7. So what are the things that you can do to cope with assignments?

  1. Plan ahead.
    Start thinking about your assignment title, points, how you’re going to present, team up in a group etc as soon as possible so you have more time to make any changes if necessary.

  2. Discuss with your lecturer
    IMU Psychology lecturers are always more than willing to help you with your academics. You can email them using your student email or Whatsapp them personally if they give you their personal number.

  3. Double check your work before submitting
    Once you submit your assignment in either hard copy or soft copy, there is no turning back.
    Yes, you can tell your lecturer that you want to resubmit a new version, but you might give them an impression of you being careless and we definitely want to avoid that risk whenever possible.

Any useful coping behaviours to deal with assignments that I’ve left out?
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#2

My advice regarding assignments is to start early. Start early and make sure that you have it proofread. So, with written assignments, a timeline can help by setting a certain number of pages, or subtopics, done by a certain day before the paper is due.