Since finals are here, I know so many of us are working on projects. I know I am! I am pretty weird and actually like working on them (most of the time..) especially because it lets me be creative. I definitely enjoy going above and beyond normal project requirements and doing extra work to make my project stand out. There are several ways to do this, and surprisingly they’re super easy. You don’t need to go too overboard to show your teacher or professor that you are a hard worker and dedicated to the class.
Check out my best tips to making your project stand out from the rest:
1. Hand it in early – remember that professors have to grade all of our projects, in a really short time frame when it comes to finals. If you can, hand it in before the actual due date! Not only does this take so much stress off of your shoulders, but it also shows your professor that you were organized and motivated to get yours done! Finally, they will appreciate the extra grading time.
2. Proofread! – be sure to proofread your entire project. Then, proofread it again a few hours later or even the next day to catch any left over mistakes. Just doing this will show your professor you took the time and care to make sure that your project was as perfect as can be! This seems so simple but you’d be surprised how many people don’t do this (because they’re in a rush or being lazy!) and end up with many, many errors that make their work look sloppy.
3. Meet with your professor about the project – towards the beginning of working on your project, meet with your professor about it during his or her office hours. Go to the meeting prepared with questions and ideas to pitch. This will help you feel out how on track your ideas are, generate more ideas for the overall assingment, and show your professor that you care. Most professors love meeting with students for this reason (and many others) and it also gives you a personal connection with him or her than can be very useful in the long run!
4. Add personality – without breaking the “rules” or guidelines of the assignment, add your own sense of flair or style to your project – in any way you can! This is just something that will make it stick out in your professor’s mind. Even if it is something as simple as a creative cover page, it’s bound to be something that shows your professor you took that little extra time. It can go a long way.
5. Include extras – Especially on prjects that have an element of creativity to them, add supplements and extras to show just how into it you got. You don’t have to go super crazy, but just adding one or two will show a lot of committment on your part!
Projects can seem like a daunting task, but by no means do they have to be! Work on it with excitement and creativity and get into it as much as you can! You might even end up enjoying yourself.