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Six Simple Tips to Improve Your Grade on Writing Assignments and Exams

Six Simple Tips to Improve Your Grade on Writing Assignments and Exams

 One of the most common mistakes made when completing writing assignments, presentations, or answering essay questions on an exam, is failing to meet all the requirements.  If you receive feedback like “did not follow directions” or “partial credit” try using these tips

to increase your grades.    

  1. Read the directions several times to make sure you understand all requirements for the assignment or essay question. 
  2. Before you begin, clarify any questions you may have by talking with your instructor.
  3. Begin writing assignments early and answer essay questions first on an exam.
  4. Make a checklist including each requirement.
  5.  Organize information by developing a simple outline of the key information. 
  6. Proofread your final draft for mechanics (spelling, punctuation, citation) and use the checklist to review your paper or essay question to ensure you have met the expectations for content and length.

There are many online and campus resources available to assist you in attaining success.  Visit our office to learn more about available academic resources and support. 

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