A student emailed me today, in a panic about failing the writing class I am teaching at a major online college. Here is what I told her about writing an assignment:
Please read all instructions carefully before you begin to write. Please write the document that the instructions call for. Look at each assignment as a separate and distinct document and do not mix them up.
Write one of them at a time, making sure that you have followed the instructions to the last degree before you submit them. Ask questions as they come up, after you have read the instructions through numerous times.
Do not wait until the last minute to write an assignment because the panic mode clicks in and you cannot think clearly.
I hope this helps you as you navigate the courses you are taking.