Assignments are a set of take-home tasks lecturers give students to execute as part of the academic exercise. Usually, students are given reading assignments to prepare for the following class while written assignments are based on topics discussed in the current class. Sometimes, assignments could come as a result of inconclusive discussions in class.
Some international students perform better in assignments than they do in exams. As such, assignments contribute immensely to international students grades and overall performance.
Let’s take a look at some ways assignments contribute to international students’ performance:
1. Sharpens students thinking capacity
One fundamental way assignments contribute to the overall performance of international students is developing accurate thinking skills. This is developed when students have to expend mental energy in solving academic tasks. Students get the best of their examination and overall academic performance when they apply this skill.
2. It helps students manage their time
Assignments are usually timebound. In order to meet a deadline, students can either draw a mental or actual to-do list. Following through on the to-do list helps students develop time management skills. By so doing, the task or series of tasks are executed in record time. This helps students manage their time in exam situations thus enhancing student performance.
3. It helps students become academically responsible
Being able to complete an academic task increases the confidence of students. In fact, students become more knowledgeable about the subject matter researched on. Invariably, they become fearless in approaching similar questions in exams and responsible enough to avoid cheating. By implication, this rubs off on every other aspect of their lives.
4. It helps students acquire more knowledge
One basic characteristic of assignments is that it encourages international students to conduct research. This, in turn, develops their research skills. Consequently, the student acquires more knowledge which is usually beneficial in an exam situation. This, however, improves the students’ academic performance.
5. It helps students develop an independent attitude
Being able to solve a problem alone is a bold step into building an independent attitude. This does not negate the need for collaboration when it is required. This gives the student the confidence to face academic challenges and come out victorious.