Tips for Promoting Student Learning
Use your comments to teach, not only to justify an assigned grade.
- Link your comments and feedback to the assignment goals.
- Adhere to established grading criteria and refer to them in your comments.
- Provide constructive comments that help students understand how to improve.
- Focus on what’s most important rather than trying to comment on everything.
- Comment on patterns (representative strengths & weaknesses).
- Ask questions that will guide further student inquiry.
- Praise students for improvement.
Tips for Grading Fairly and Efficiently
- Grade anonymously
- Be consistent
- Read through several, if not all responses, to a particular question, before you begin grading so you can get a sense of the range of responses.
- Grade exams and problem sets by questions, and not by complete exams or individual submissions.
- After you finish grading, review the first few responses you graded.
- If grading in a course with other instructors/TAs, you may wish to:
- ask that everyone review exams/papers together.
- divide up questions so that one person grades all response each.
- Be time-efficient:
- Identify common problems and provide the class with collective feedback
- Provide the class with an answer key, with indications of how responses were assigned grades/points.