- Find a quiet place to study with a desk and comfortable area to work.
- Work out when it is best for you to study - make sure you make some specific time on a regular basis and try to stick with this.
- Study with a friend, if possible.
- Remember to make good use of your local library - for study time or references.
- Call your trainer if you have any questions - even small ones. It may only take the trainer explaining something in a different way for you to understand and complete the activity.
- Ask your Workplace Supervisor or your Director for help when needed.
Tips for writing assignments
- For activities and self-help questions, have them neatly presented in a folder or written in the module. Assignments need to be on separate sheets of paper with a cover sheet and stored in a folder or given to your trainer in manila or plastic folders.
- Try to use a computer to type up your assignments as this helps with their presentation.
- Make sure you proof read your work, if possible, get someone to do this for you - especially if the assignment involves written examples that you would be giving to parents (it is important that handouts for parents, even thought they may be examples only, are free from spelling mistakes and grammar mistakes).
- When answering the question remember to look at the key words. For example, why, discuss, explain, give examples, compare, assess, determine, report on, analyse etc
- Write the answer thinking that the reader has no knowledge of the subject at all
- Do not use the first or the second person ‘I believe…’, ‘We are…’ (unless specifically asked to do so)
- Include a cover page with your name, the unit name and code, and a copy of the question you are answering
An essay should consist of the following:
- Introduction – outlines what the question is asking, using similar key words as in the question, you may have to define the key words in the question.
- Body – consists of a number of paragraphs which each contains a particular point in answering or addressing the question. The first paragraph may contain statistics or general information about the question. This will lead in to the following paragraphs. Each paragraph should have a topic sentence which addresses what will be discussed in that paragraph. The paragraphs must follow a logical sequence. Paragraphs should be of at least 5 sentences.
- Conclusion – sums up all of the main points discussed in the body and gives a brief overall answers to the question or a comment related to the question