Project Management for School Projects

School projects are different from standard essays and reports. They may involve a tri-fold cardboard display board, posters, a slide show or video presentation. Projects can be a lot of fun to create, but they also take a lot of time and energy to complete.

 Here are some tips to help you with project managing your school projects:

Review the Assignment Multiple Times
Before you even begin to start working on your project, you need to make sure you read the directions for the assignment very carefully. Pay attention to the fine print and don’t leave out any details. The worst thing that can happen when working on a project is to get through 75% of the work and then realize that you left out a critical aspect (which can adversely impact your grade). Also look to see if there are specific formatting guidelines, time limits for presentations, and if you need to make multiple copies of reports. If you have reviewed all of the information but still have questions about the assignment, ask the teacher.

Take a Mental Inventory
Once you have an idea of what you want to create for the project, take a mental inventory of everything you already have. Do you have a cardboard display board, construction paper, glue, and other crafty materials? If you are working on a video project, do you have access to a camera and a computer with video editing capabilities? Make a list of everything you need to get to start working on the project. You don’t want to find yourself working on an assignment at midnight before it is due and find that you ran out of glue or printer paper.

Map Out a Plan of Action
If your project is due in a week on top of all of your daily homework tasks, you’ll need to plan out in advance time specifically for the project. Set aside an hour each night to conduct research, gather images and other materials, and start formatting your project. If you know you’re going to need a full afternoon to complete the project, make sure you can move any plans for the weekend around to accommodate for the project. I personally would wait until the last minute to complete a project and then would become completely overwhelmed with the amount of stuff I needed to accomplish in a very short amount of time.

Make sure you give yourself plenty of time before you have to hand in your project to review everything. Check to make sure your posters are fully intact and fix spots with glue or tape. Check for typos and grammatical errors on all written components. If you are working with digital mediums such as audio files, video, or a slide show presentation, you’ll want to make sure there are no technical errors. Make a few copies of the presentation and play it on a different computer. Have a backup saved on a flash drive or stored in your email account. After putting a lot of time and energy into a project, you want to make sure your presentation goes off without a hitch.


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