To keep track of all the papers, I alphabetize them right after I collect them, clip them together, put a sticky note with names of students who did not turn their assignments in, and mark the date of collection on the sticky.
This helps to keep students (and myself) accountable, and saves time when entering their grades into the gradebook.
Remember not to accuse your student of anything before running it by your supervisor.
Avoid over-marking Rather, provide just enough feedback.
In other words, grade all submissions for content first, then return to assess structure, the clarity and consistency of their argument, and writing quality.
Record your grading criteria as you grade This helps you become more efficient, as you encounter the same mistakes repeatedly and it ensures you stay consistent in your grading; you have a record of how you handled the same issue or mistake previously without having to shuffle through a pile of papers.
And while it’s oftentimes hard to keep up, it doesn’t have to be the gruesome, draining thing that makes teaching all-consuming.
Whether you’re grading assignments, essays, lab reports, or exams, there are some general strategies that can help you save time AND ensure that you’re being fair towards your students. Preparing for Grading Remember that grading starts well before you actually sit down with your pen (or laptop).
Below, I offer a few suggestions on how to make the grading process more responsible, smooth, and efficient.
Skim all assignments before you start grading If all is too many, then use a random but decently sized sample.