Introduction

This program is written for secondary students.

It is intended to help you get better marks for your reports and essays.

I have written it to be as simple as possible to read and understand, using straightforward language. I have also made it short so that you can start using the techniques quickly.

Attacking the Problem from a Different Angle.

My professional work has involved Engineering and Marketing. Each of these two different professions have aspects that are very useful in helping with assignment technique, as follows:

The discipline of Engineering involves looking at all the parts that make up the thing you are trying to do. An assignment looks less daunting when students break it down and work on it's parts separately.

The discipline of Marketing involves working out everything that your customer (i.e. your teacher) wants and then working out how to best provide this.

I believe it is the blend of these two disciplines that makes this program useful. We are attacking the problem of students getting a good mark for their assignment from a different angle.

It is also written based on my experience as a student at secondary school and at university. As a student I made the same mistakes that I see many students make now. After marking thousands of assignments and exams, it is only now that I have seen assignments from a teacher’s perspective that I understand how these mistakes happen.

Low Hanging Fruit.

A common mistake we make is to ignore the easy stuff that can really make a difference. When doing assignments we often do this. "Picking the Low Hanging Fruit" is a term we often use in business to really ensure that we have done the basic things that get us a long way to where we want to go. This is very important in doing assignments. Some of these techniques are focused on helping you ensure that you do this.

In my classes I spend a lot of time coaching students to use these practical techniques to improve their marks. I have found that those students who do take these steps improve their marks, often significantly.

Cheers, Peter.