How does properly reading an assignment help you schedule your study time?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Reading an assignment properly helps you to schedule your study time because it allows you to fully understand what you have to do.

In this question, the phrase “properly reading an assignment” does not refer to the process of reading pages in a textbook.  Instead, it refers to the process of reading the assignment paper that the teacher hands you.  It refers to the process of figuring out exactly what you have been told to do.

If you do not read your assignment properly, you might not understand what you have to do.  You might think that you have only a little bit of work when actually you have a great deal to do.  For example, imagine that you thought that you had to do questions number 1 and 10 when in fact you had to do questions 1 through 10.  That would mean that you actually had to do five times more than you thought that you would.

So, it is important to read your assignment properly because that will allow you to actually know how much work you have to do.  This helps you schedule your study time properly based on a correct understanding of the amount of work that has been assigned.

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chrisyhsun | Student, College Freshman | (Level 1) Salutatorian

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Reading an assignment fully gives you the most information possible to work with. This helps you better plan out your next steps, understand what the teacher asks of you, and (perhaps!) even start on the project.

  • Plan out your next steps - this should be the most obvious benefit. You know when the assignment (and any intermediate checkpoints) will be due. You have an idea of how much time you'll need to spend in classes/club meetings/and other time obligations. Between these two restrictions, you now have an idea of how much time you could potentially spend on the project. By reading it thoroughly, you can also gauge how much time you personally will need to complete the assignment. Homework in your least favorite class could take you longer than it does your classmates. The flip is also true. Either way, reading the instructions carefully allows you to set up a schedule for yourself about any minor goals you want to set for yourself so you can chip away at the assignment.
  • Understand what the teacher asks of you - Lot's of us have been in that situation where halfway through the project, we realize that something we did, wayyy in the beginning of the assignment, was actually the polar opposite of what the teacher wanted. Reading the assignment instructions carefully before you start on it, though, will help get in your head precisely what your teacher wants. How many sources does he/she want for the research paper? Which problems from the textbook did he/she actually assign and did he/she change any of the instructions? Toward which audience should your presentation be geared? These are all important points we want to know about before any work is done.
  • Start on the project - this one is a bit iffy. Some assignments/projects will have a creative element. This could range from the freedom to choose your own essay topic to what method you'll use when approaching computer programming. Either way, the work for these more creative elements isn't something that has to be done at a desk with paper and pen. They can be done in your head while you walk to class, take the bus, take a shower. Thinking ahead for your assignments in these (semi) random locations may even help because you don't have the stress of "I must think of an idea now while I'm at my study desk".
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eli468 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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Reading an assignment properly helps to schedule study time better if you are considering the assignment as studying. If you are referring to doing the assignment and studying as two separate things, then reading an assignment properly allows you to know what you need to study when you are scheduled to study that subject. It will also give you a good idea on the subject so you won't have to spend all of your study time just trying to learn what the subject is from scratch, but how to put it into practice. 

If you are referring to reading an assignment to help schedule study time in the sense that doing the assignment is the study time, then this can be helpful because it gives you a brief idea of how much work you have to do and therefore roughly how much time you need to complete it. There have been many times where I have taken a math class and the teacher would assign ten questions and I would think it would be quick and simple only to discover that evening that in total it was around 50 questions because it would use 1a, 1b, 1c, etc. Because I didn't read my assignment properly, I didn't block out enough time to complete it and then would have to stay up all night working hard to complete it.

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Wiggin42 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) Valedictorian

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By properly reading an assignment, you know all the requirements. Therefore, you can properly budget your time. For example, I once misread the directions on a project that said the model had to be larger than a 2ft cube. I wasted a lot of time making a model too small and having to remake my project.

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zumba96 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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If you read an assignment and understand it properly, you will know how much time you should set aside to complete it. If it is a huge assignment and you misread it, it could result in you wasting your time and your energy as well as not learning anything from it either. If you read it properly you will understand it better

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