Submitting assignments online
Plan your time
Sometimes student life can get really busy and the workload can be pretty intense which means its possible to leave it quite close to the deadline before submitting your assignment. With careful planning, try to submit your assignment at least 24 hours beforehand to eliminate some of the stress.
Make multiple submissions
From the moment your lecturer sets an assessment on Turnitin you can submit drafts of your work and review feedback from the Originality Report. The clever thing about Turnitin is that you can submit more than once. So, if you spot any changes you'd like to make, you can edit your work and then resubmit before the deadline.
A good tip is to write yourself a schedule, noting down when you're going to do each stage of your work. Start at the end - when does your work need to be submitted? Then work backwards planning when you're going to carry out research and write your assignment, upload and review drafts and then formally submit your final version.
Don't forget with Turnitin in particular, it is possible to resubmit drafts as many times as you like to check your originality/similarity report, so work this into your schedule as well.
For example, if you have an assignment deadline of Thursday 31 March. Your schedule might look something like this:
- Wed 2: Plan work schedule (this bit!)
- Thurs 3 - Fri 11: Research
- Mon 14 - Fri 18: Write assignment
- Mon 21: First draft upload to SOL (Turnitin), review Originality Report
- Tues 22 - Thurs 24: Redraft work
- Fri 25: Second draft upload to SOL (Turnitin), review Originality Report
- Mon 28: Redraft and proof work
- Tues 29: Final submission (two days spare in case of problems)
- Thurs 31: Deadline
Read the university's Extenuating Circumstances Policy for further guidance on what to do if you are unable to meet your assignment deadline.