Supporting your students

Given the variety of assessment tasks students will complete over the course of their university experience, ensuring they understand the requirements of the task and are well prepared for assessment is necessary. There are several steps you can take to ensure students are well supported before an assessment, and other supports at the university to help them understand the tasks they need to complete during the assessment.

How to support your students

Anticipate common assessment questions and develop FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) pages, or provide a video answering these.

Explain the purpose of the assessment task - why you have set it, and how it contributes to the students’ learning.

Clarify the connections between the assessment task and the learning outcomes

Identify the evidence you are looking for in the assessment

Educate students about how you will evaluate their performance in this task by discussing the criteria for assessment, and the rubric or marking guide.

Identify how the assessment task helps students to build skill sets that are relevant outside of the unit, for example, in the community, a workplace or industry context.

Create opportunities for students to ask further questions about the assessment, via forums, staff consultation or in-class Q&A time.

What resources and services are available to students

Here are a number of resources that you can share with your students to help them better prepare for their assessments.

Research and Learning Online: Assignment types

Here are some great resources for students on various assignment types, such as: Essay writing, annotated bibliographies, literature reviews, reflective writing, oral presentations, and poster presentations.

Research and Learning Online: Approaches to assignments in your faculty

Monash assignment samples cover major disciplines, offering tailored advice on key assignment types for students from different faculties.

Student Academic Success: Individual consultants with learning advisers

Share this link with students so that they can book in with a learning adviser to gain personal support on how to prepare for timed assessments.

Student Academic Success: Academic English

Share this link so that students can obtain support around academic English usage. This will improve their academic writing to help reduce any unintentional breaches of academic integrity.

Research and Learning Online

The Library’s portal contains some great resources for students to help them with their assessment tasks.

Health and wellbeing: Counselling service

Share this link for counselling services so that students can obtain additional support around a number of issues from managing motivation, coping with stress and/or anxiety, prioritisation and managing perfectionism.

Assessment and results: Special consideration processes

Share this link to let students know how to apply for special consideration that may allow them to obtain an extension, create another assessment, or sit a deferred exam. Monash provides Special Consideration for students who are experiencing exceptional circumstances beyond their control that affect their ability to successfully complete assessment tasks.

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