Tips for Succeeding at the Portfolio Project

Most courses at Bryant & Stratton College contain a portfolio project. The portfolio project is critical because it allows you to apply the knowledge from the course to a project your will create.
Also, in many cases the project is similar to something you will create when working in your field.  Devoting time to the portfolio project will help you get the most out of each course. The first step in succeeding in the portfolio project is viewing the directions for the project as soon as they are available. Be sure to check for them each week in the Activities folder. Sometimes they are available as early as week 1, as many projects will have some element of the portfolio project, such as a draft or outline, due before the final project.
If possible, print the directions so you can highlight or make notes. After reading, ask yourself: Do I understand each part of the assignment?  Do I know what I need to do earn a high score in each category of the rubric? If any part of the project is unclear, email your instructor right away. The next step is to look at the “deliverables” for the project. This could be a topic selection activity, outline, or rough draft.  These deliverables are a great opportunity for you to receive feedback from your peers and instructor. It’s also a way to ensure you are working towards the project over time and not putting it off until right before the final project is due.
After completing your project, evaluate it carefully. Is there any area you rushed and may not have fully met the requirements? Are your sources appropriate for the project? How would a potential employer evaluate your selection of sources? Did you proofread? Reading it out loud is a great way to catch errors. I encourage all students to utilize the Smarthinking tutorial service before submitting the final draft.
Another great strategy is to actually fill out the rubric for your project. This can help you look more objectively at your work. Remember, your instructor, and many times a supervisor, does not see the hours spent researching and composing a project. Your project is the only way to demonstrate what you have learned.
Creating a portfolio project not only helps you retain the knowledge from your courses, but it’s a great addition to your electronic portfolio, which will showcase your abilities to future employers.   The skill of creating an involved project is a great way to practice time management.
With each project you will learn what strategies will work for you, and become more confident in your abilities. What a great way to prepare for your field!