5 steps to effective marking

Focus

Spend less time focusing on every error students make and focus on one problem that is reoccurring. Set an objective for each student, whether that is improving grammar and spelling, or using the correct tense, stick to this while marking. This will cut your marking time and give your students a set goal.

Short and sweet

We’re sure you can get on board with this one; keep your feedback short! Students won’t read large paragraphs of feedback, so keep it punchy! Limit your comments and targets to 1-3 sentences, this will make it easier for your students to retain your comments.

A dash of colour

Have a colour scheme that you use when you’re marking and keep it consistent. Make your own rules, but if you need inspiration go for the traffic light system: green for well done, orange for needs improving and red for needs to be redone.

Schedule marking time

On average you’ll spend an extra 90 hours, per year doing additional work, that’s above and beyond the UK average. That means your time is precious! Scheduling your marking time will keep your marking down and force you to do it in a timely manner.

Peer assessments

Get someone else to do your dirty work! Jokes aside peer reviews are a great way to test your student’s ability, develop critical thinking skills and independence. Peer reviews help students view their own work with a critical eye and improve upon knowledge they already have.

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