Once an assignment has been completed, edited and proofread, the student has to submit it for assessment and grading by the tutor, or, in some cases, the tutor may provide feedbacks on how to improve the assignment. Before submitting, in addition to checking the completed assignment for grammar and formatting, the student should confirm that the document is in the correct format as required by the tutor or institutional guidelines. On document format, many institutions usually require that documents be saved in a commonly used format like Microsoft word (*.doc and *.docx) or Adobe portable document format (*.pdf). Once the assignment is confirmed to be ready for submission, the student should then submit the document in accordance with the instructions either provided by the institution or by the tutor who gave the assignment.
Instructions for submitting assignments are usually provided with the assignment instructions, and the submission procedure is either derived from institutional procedures on the same or they could be tutor-specific. A major part of the submission instructions is the deadline, whereby tutors can either decide on their own submission deadlines or follow the deadlines as stated in course outlines and other institutional documents. Assignments can either be submitted as soft copy or hard copy depending on instructions, or the student could be required to submit both soft copy and hard copy for purposes of evaluation and record keeping. In hard copy submissions, the student should watch out for office hours when one can deliver or send his or her assignment, as well as the printing approach required by the lecturer or institution including printing on one or both sides of the paper and any margin specifications. For soft copy submissions, the student can submit either in the institutional portal or send the document as an email attachment to the tutor; these instructions are usually included with the course guideline or together with the assignment.
If possible, upon submission, the student should confirm receipt of the assignment by the tutor to avoid any confusion in case the document is misplaced in the office, of there is a system error in uploading, attaching or sending the file. In submissions that use learning management systems like Moodle, the student usually gets a confirmation email together with an initial evaluation or his or her paper for plagiarism, grammatical errors and other aspects of the assignment that can be automated and done using computer software. In anticipation for any eventuality in which the submitted assignment is lost for hard copy submissions, or the file gets corrupted for soft copy submissions, the student should always have a backup file stored in a computer or storage device. The backup copy of the assignment could come in handy for both resubmission of the assignment, or in future for reference purposes; in any case, backups of assignments could come in handy at a future date and should be stored if possible.
After submission of the assignment, the next step is to wait patiently for the tutor to either mark and assign grades, or provide feedback for the student to use in improving his or her paper. After assigning grades, lecturers may return the papers for students to either see what they did right or made mistakes but some lecturers just give grades without comments and give the students examples of how they could have best done the assignment. Regardless, the result of an assignment should be used by the student to understand how to get better marks or grades in future assignments.