4 Top Tips to Minimise Marking Time

Marking homework and other assignments often takes up a fair amount of time, whether you’ve only just started teaching or you’ve been doing it for years. It is important to provide helpful feedback that lets your pupils know what is expected of them, but it can be time-consuming and stressful.

We’ve put together four short tips to help make sure you don’t spend too much time on marking.

  1. Don’t hand out Grades if you don’t need to

Not everything needs to be graded. People have a tendency to skip through any comments to just see the grade at the end, so if it doesn’t need grading, don’t add one in. It will also make your class more likely to read the comments you have made!

  1. Mark, but don’t correct, careless mistakes

By simply circling careless grammar and spelling mistakes instead of correcting them, you save yourself a little time and also highlight to the individual that something is amiss with their word/sentence structure etc. You can then perhaps set some time aside in the lesson to address these mistakes; if they are a reoccurring problem.

  1. Switch up the pens!

If you find you’re having difficulty with the style of pen you use, try switching to a different one. Some teachers prefer to use a fountain pen or a highlighter to make their marking stand out against the others, but if a plain ball point does the job and does it more quickly, then that is the way to go. Although do check the school policy beforehand regarding the use of different pens.

  1. Shorten your praise – but don’t hold back!

Make yourself a key of ‘feedback’; something simple like a set of smiley faces. Your students will know they have done well, without you having to spell it out for them. It saves precious seconds of marking time but still gives well-deserved praise when required.

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