10 STRATEGIES FOR RESPONDING TO STUDENT WRITING MORE EFFICIENTLY
- Skim through the pile to discern the range of responses to an assignment.
- Read each essay through quickly, before making any marks, to identify major strengths and weaknesses.
- Think about strengths and weaknesses in terms of clear assessment criteria—thesis, structure, analysis, and so on.
- Comment representatively in the margins by noting patterns.
- Use a reliable format for structuring final comments—for example, restatement of thesis, discussion of strengths, and discussion of weaknesses.
- Identify in final comments no more than three or four areas for improvement.
- Design effective writing assignments.
- Respond to proposals, outlines, and drafts.
- Organize students into writing groups.
- Ask for a cover letter.
Brief Guide to Responding to Student Writing
A PDF version of the text above. Provides practical advice on commenting on student writing effectively and efficiently.