Secrets Students Need to Know #6
Secret #6: Teachers Don't Love Grading Papers!
Students need to know that presenting teachers with messy papers isn't a good idea, since not all teachers love grading. If teachers are not in a good frame of mind about grading in the first place, they aren't going be any happier if the paper looks unorganized, dirty, or crumpled.
Paper grading is subjective. If a teacher is vacillating between a B+ and an A-, the look of the paper can make a big difference in deciding which way to go.
Want to impress teachers before they grade your papers?
- Make your paper look organized by using heading and margins.
- Present teachers with legible work.
- Self-edit your work by pretending you are grading someone's paper you do not like.
- Read your work backwards to make sure you spelled words correctly and used punctuation.