Illustrations by our ACE cartoonist, GRANT BROWN

So, you've been set a homework project and the deadline is only a couple of weeks away? The Upstart crew is here to help!

We've put together some solid tips that will...

  • Impress your Teach

  • Make Mum or Dad (or whoever is in charge of looking after you) happy enough to let you enjoy a weekend sesh of back to back Phineas & Ferb episodes

– and most importantly make you feel like the STAR STUDENT that you are!

1. UNDERSTAND your project. What is it and why
    are you doing it? If you're not sure, ask your
    teacher to explain it again.

2. CHECK with your teacher and find out what the
    criteria is for this work. That means what the
    teacher is looking for and how many marks will be
    given for each part. For example, maybe the
    teacher is going to mark it mostly on content
    (what information you have) or neatness, or
    spelling, or presentation.

3. Make a PLAN, Stan! Think about what you need
    to do and how you want to do it. Write down the
    steps you need to take and then work out how
    much time you'll need.

4. Start RESEARCHING. Gather all the info you can
    on your subject. Use books, magazines, the

    Internet. Print out clippings from the computer or
    cut out
bits of info from mags. Keep it all
    together in one folder.

5. Always remember to write down a BIBLIOGRAPHY. That's a list of all the resources you used to
    get your information. For example, if you found something out on a website, you need to record
    the name of the website.

6. Decide how you are going to PRESENT your work. Are you going to do it all on a computer? Are
    you going to make it into a book using paper and markers, or as a video clip or poster? Think
    about the tools you'll need to get started.


7. If your project is to be done partly in class and partly as homework, find out when the class time
    is so that you are all set to use the time well. "I've left it at home" means that you will have to do
    more homework  and you will probably have to do some other stuff in class time, while everyone
    else is busy getting on with their projects!

8. Make a ROUGH COPY first. Read through
    what you've done and check it for
    mistakes. Sometimes reading out loud can
    help you spot mistakes.

9. Make sure you really know what you have
    learned about. When marking your work,
    your teacher is likely to ask questions like,
    'Can you tell me about it?" or "What was
    the most interesting thing you learned?"

10. Try to do the BEST you can. That way you
     are going to get better and better and
     enjoy the work more.




  • DON'T rush your project if there's no need to.
    DO take occasional breaks if you feel like it.

  • DON'T leave doing your project to the last minute.Announcing to your mum or dad the night before your project is due to be handed in that you haven't actually started it yet, is never a good idea!

  • DON'T expect Mum or Dad or anolder sibling to do the project for you.
    But DO ask for help if you're having trouble.There is a difference.

  • DON'T let the dog eat your homework. Even if itdoes, your teacher is not going to believe you!
    DO keep it tidy and in a safe place where it's notgoing to get torn and dirty. Presentation is important.

Learning to work by yourself, organising your time, trying to improve, and being proud of your work are all things that will make you feel good about yourself – and that makes you a happy person to be around.

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