Students’ new year resolutions: improving coursework

Paul Collins, a lecturer at Nottingham Trent University, suggests ways to improve your coursework, engagement and planning

To start the new year, this column will focus on three overarching sets of student resolutions. If embraced and adopted, they are likely to help make the difference between a pass and fail or a 2/1 and first in coursework.

Resolution 1: Improve the way coursework is approached and undertaken

Read and reread course questions and briefs carefully, and pay attention to the key instruction words (eg describe, examine, discuss, assess, evaluate, compare