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Top tips for tackling your assignments

The thought of tackling your assignments doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Our top tips aim to help you more effectively manage your research project(s) and produce your best, most focused research yet.

1. Manage your research

Why not save your Discover searches for future use?

2. Manage your references

It’s easier if you make a note of references as you go along. Word has a great reference manager for beginners, alternatively you might like to use EndNote Basic available from the Databases A-Z), or Zotero.

3. Be aware of subject specific research resources

Explore your subject guides – your Academic Librarians have highlighted a range of resources, specific to your course subject.

4. Consider further research options

Postgraduates and students in their final year of study as an undergraduate can get access to other University libraries using SCONUL, or apply for Interlibrary Loans.

5. Consider using analysis software

Using software can help you get the best out of the data you’ve collected. For statistical analysis, you can use SPSS. For qualitative data you might consider using NVivo. Download both through MyBeckett.

6. Get help on writing

Skills for Learning have some fantastic written, video and podcast guides for critical thinking, literature reviews and Word formatting. Also see their Dissertation section.

7. Save your work in multiple places!

Saving your work in multiple places is important – read our Save It recommendations.

We hope these tips are helpful, and we wish you the very best of luck!

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