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What to do with a stressful assignment

What to do with a stressful assignment

Hello again!

How are your assignments coming along? Are you feeling stressed about them?… If you are then I have written this blog for you!

What is your motivation?

If you understand WHY you are at university and WHY you are studying, it will help you stay engaged and succeed.

So firstly, think about the reason why you are on your course. How will this benefit you in the future? What are your goals?!

To help you, I have come up with mine:

WHY: I am on the Aviation and Airport Management Course because I want to gain a well-paid job in order to pay for my pilot’s licence privately. It will also give me experience in tourism if that is where my heart takes me in the future.

FUTURE BENEFITS: I will be more employable, and more experienced. I will hopefully become a well-rounded individual. I will be able to “build the life I enjoy so I enjoy the life I live”. With the salary I will be on, I will be able to buy a house in Spain and my pilot’s licences and have a family!

GOALS: Always aim for the highest grade I am capable of achieving. Take as many opportunities as possible. Keep my options open. Work hard now so I can enjoy life later. Stay in the present, stay focused. Get the most out of my university tuition fees!

So when you’re feeling demotivated, remind yourself of your reasons, goals and benefits for the future!

Setting an earlier deadline for yourself may also help you!

The assignment brief

When you are given your assignment brief, this is when you should start your assignment… DON’T leave it until last minute!

Start off by highlighting keywords on your assignment brief. I will give you an example: my lecturer taught me that highlighting the following will help me fully understand the assignment:

INSTRUCTION WORDS: Investigate and conclude

TOPIC AREA: In-flight health and wellness, and passenger health and wellness (key criteria)

FOCUS/LIMITING WORDS: Industry/academic and long haul flights

For anybody whose English isn’t one of their strengths, defining the words above will ensure you have the best understanding.

For example:

Investigate: Search out and examine the particulars of a subject in an attempt to learn the hidden, unique or complex facts/truth about a subject
Conclude: To form a final judgement or opinion on something.

Get on the right track

Book an appointment to see your subject librarian! I can’t stress how helpful this was for myself. They will point you in the right direction and keep your sources/references relevant to your subjects. You can find out who your subject librarian is by going onto the UCB Portal and clicking E-Library. You will also be able to book an appointment through here.

Next, ask your friends to brainstorm ideas of what they think the assignment is asking them to do. I always think two minds are better than one. If there is any confusion when doing this, ask your course rep to clarify your queries with the lecturer OR visit the lecturer during their consultation hours.

Consultation hours have been put in place to prevent the lecturers from being constantly interrupted. This means if you want to ask them a question, you need to visit them during their consultation times. To find out when these time slots are, go onto your UCB Portal, go to CANVAS, click on your MODULE, click LECTURER CONTACT DETAILS and it will tell you there! 🙂


When working hard, it is important to take regular breaks so that you don’t get stressed and burned out. 🙂

Ensure you drink around 2 litres of water throughout your day. Oily fish, seeds, nuts, berries and other fruits, whole grains, tomatoes, broccoli, spinach, bananas and dark chocolate help stimulate your brain apparently, so I suggest eating these helpful snacks when studying to keep your brain fuelled.

Exercise is key to helping yourself feel less stressed and more energised/motivated. Yoga, stretching and meditation are also helpful routines.

Get it checked!

Before you submit your assignment, it is best to take your assignment to CASE. They will help you improve your work in many ways! It doesn’t matter what grade you are currently working at, there is always room for improvement. 🙂


When you submit your work online through Turnitin on the UCB Portal, it usually gives you a similarity score with a number % and a colour. This tells you how much of your work has the same content as other sources. It is best to try to get it in the green percentage zone or at least the amber percentage zone.

Feel Relieved

Once you have achieved all this you can make a sigh of relief! Remember, don’t procrastinate and stay focused 🙂

Thanks for reading!

Charley x

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