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Assignment preparation

You should be told the assignment dates early on in your modules and these details are also in Moodle. There are a few simple things you can do to make sure you have the resources you need.

Start your reading as early as you can

When you are doing the assigned readings for your module lectures, seminars and tutorials, think about how they fit with the assignment questions you may do. If you start making notes at this stage, you will have a good selection to draw on when you begin your assignment research.

Keep notes of what you have read

No-one wants to be frantically searching the contents of books just before an assignment is due in because they've forgotten where a quote they have used has come from - keeping details will help avoid that panic.

Look up the books you need well in advance of the assignment date

If the publisher has made it available in that format, we will always buy the e-book of an essential text (though not all titles are available electronically). If it’s not available electronically, we have minimum levels of stock for essential texts (check your reading list for these), but it may be that the one you need is not immediately available. If that’s the case, you should reserve it and we will email you when it becomes available for you.

Book in with our Academic Services Team

Our Academic Services Team includes the Academic Liaison Librarians, the Study Skills Tutors, the Digital Trainers, and the Assistive Technology Advisers. Each can help you with different areas of your study practice.

Academic Liaison Librarians

The Academic Liaison Librarian for your subject area has lots of experience in finding, evaluating, and referencing relevant resources. Book in for a tutorial to discuss your resource needs for your assignment.

Academic Liaison Librarians

Study Skills Tutors

Our Study Skills Tutors offer one-to-one or small group tutorials. Workshops also run on campus; talk to a Study Skills Tutor about the availability of these workshops. The Tutors can help you with improving your study strategies, reflecting on your planning process or developing your academic writing. They also have a collection of self-help resources to help you improve your study skills.

Study Skills

Digital Trainers

Bookable one-to-one training is available for most of the software and systems that are used day-to-day at the University. Our Digital Trainers can help you get to grips with using applications such as Word or Powerpoint effectively for your assignments.

Digital Training

Assistive Technology Advisers

Our Advisers provide training on assistive software which supports your study. They can assist you with applications which will help with note taking, reading, planning and writing.

Assistive Technology


Search Success is based on SMILE by Imperial College, Loughborough University and the University of Worcester, modified by Library & Learning Services at York St John University. It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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