Grading Made Easy: My #1 Pro Tip

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Grading made easy
Grading made easy

If there’s one tip that’s going to save you a ton of time come grading time, it’s this. Seriously. Keep on reading if you want to avoid pulling all-nighters getting your grades in order.

It’s easy, doesn’t take any time to do but’ll save you hours of time at the end!

Doesn’t Everybody Do This with Grading?

This is one of those things that I thought everybody did, but I’ve been discovering that it isn’t the case. Whether you use a spreadsheet of some kind, or just pen and paper, this tip will make your life easier and happier come end of the semester when you have to crunch all those numbers.

I work on grading throughout the semester and these days at the end, it takes me about 3 minutes per class of 20 to enter a final exam grade, total up the numbers and assign a letter grade. Some teachers-it takes hours and they’re doing all sorts of crazy things like pulling all-nighters in the office during grade entering periods.

Avoid the ESL teacher burnout with awesome tips like this one! Seriously it’s just not worth the stress.

Grading Made Easy: The Pro Tip

Okay, ready? This is the one tip that’s going to save you hours of your life, every single semester.

My rule is to never, ever write down a grade on my grade sheet that is not in the form it should be. What I mean by that is that if the test is worth 20% of the student’s final grade, I will always make the test out of 20 points.

Projects or homework are equally easy to do this way as well. 10%? Grade the assignment out of 10 points.

When you design tests, or assignments, it’s pretty easy to grade out of a certain number. For example, if you have a test worth 20 points, make 20 questions. If you want to make the test longer than that, each question can have more than 1 part.

Bonus: The Students Understand this System Easily

Besides saving a ton of time, here’s another added benefit to doing it this way.

An added bonus of this system is that students are often able to figure out their grades really easily. I can spell it out at the end of the semester like this:

Homework: 10 points

Midterm: 20

Group Project: 20

Final exam: 50

Because everything was marked out of the corresponding percentage (10, 20, 20, 50), even students who don’t really speak English can understand this system.

This can significantly reduce the number of complaints and questions you get at the end of the semester. This will also save you time, which is what I’m all about.

Compare this to the teacher who had all sorts of random grades. A test out of 42 points. Homework graded out of 14. How would you even start to explain how to convert all this to students who don’t speak the same language as you? Yes, it’s complicated.

Top Grading Hacks for Teachers to Save a Ton of Time

Check out this short video for even more tips and tricks for making your grading life easier. Who doesn’t like that stack of no papers to grade on their desk? Am I right? Of course I am.

Save Time, Make Life Easy

Each week, you’ll get some more time-saving tips and tricks of the ESL teaching game. I guarantee that your life will be even more awesome than it is now or your money back. Wait! It’s free!



Time Saving Tips: Have your Say!

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