There are a few routes to getting assignments:
- Apply for assignments
- Accept Requests
- Claim assignments
New Graiders will most often either apply for assignments on the assignment board or accept assignment requests sent by our team.
Applying for Assignments
Log into The Graide Network.
Click "Assignment Board." In case of a busy assignment board, select the subject/grade levels you are most interested in grading.
Click "Apply" on any assignment you are interested in.
On the new page, enter how many class sections you would like to grade (On most assignments, you can select 1 or 2).
If you are matched to an assignment, you will receive an email with the subject line "You've been matched to grade!" If you are not matched, you will not receive a notification, but the assignment will disappear from the assignment board.
You are not guaranteed to match to all assignments you apply for, and it could take a little while to get matched to your first assignment, so we recommend checking the board frequently and applying often to increase your chances of a match. Starting out, you might apply for more than you could realistically take on; you’ll have a better chance at matching to a great starter assignment, and we’re careful not to over-assign new Graiders. As you gain experience on different assignments, complete high quality work, and receive positive teacher reviews, you will gain priority in matching.
We keep an eye out for assignments that are most appropriate for new Graiders so that you have the best chance at success! We may send a request if we think you may be well-suited to a project, and we may also send requests to Graiders who have logged into the platform most recently (we assume you may be looking for work!). You'll receive requests as emails that looks like they come from teachers. That's a holdover from when teachers did directly request Graiders, but requests are always coming from our team or system!
Requests often go out to multiple Graiders, and priority in matching will be given to the first to accept a request. When you receive a request to your email, you can log in to claim up to two class sections. If you are not available to accept a request, you can simply ignore it and let someone else pick it up.
If you perform particularly well as a Graider or earn special qualifications, you may also be requested for more advanced assignments, particularly when there are many active assignments.
Graiders with a Graider Score of 3 or 4 will also have the option to immediately claim assignments they are interested in. The "apply" button on the assignment board will be replaced with a "claim" button, and after a quick confirmation, the assignment is yours!
Only apply for or accept assignments when you know you have the capacity in your schedule to complete the assignment on time. Note that on the assignment start date, the teacher has until 5pm to upload work, and you should factor this into your planning.
While you are allowed and encouraged to apply for any assignments you are interested in, once you are matched, we generally recommend taking on no more than 2 sections at a time. This will help you manage your time, especially as you are ramping up as a Graider. If you apply for several assignments to increase your chances of being matched and we unintentionally match you to more than you meant to take on, just shoot us a text!
- Log in often to apply for assignments and to be top of the list for assignment requests!
Q: How many assignments should/can I apply for?
A: You are free to apply to as many assignments as you wish. You are not guaranteed to be matched to all assignments you apply for, so sometimes it is a good strategy to apply for several to increase your chances of being matched. We'll be careful not to over-assign you. Do only apply for or accept assignments when you know you have the capacity in your schedule to complete them on time. Note that on the assignment start date, the teacher has until 5pm to upload work, and you should factor this into your planning.
Q: I applied to several assignments in hopes of getting one and got matched to too many! What do I do?
A: We try to share the work among Graiders and avoid over-assigning work to any one Graider, but this isn't error-proof. Keep your ongoing availability up to date with us so we know whether you're itching for a bunch of assignments or just higher chances at one, and if you are matched to more work than you meant to take on, just contact us as soon as possible. We can un-match you without penalty as long as you ask shortly after you're matched.
Q: Why is my assignment board empty?
A: It's likely because of your assignment qualifications, luck of timing, or the seasonality of grading work. Read more on how to address each of these causes here: Empty Assignment Board!
Q: Why am I not getting matched?
A: You may be applying for competitive assignments or assignments where someone had greater priority in matching than you. Keep checking the board and applying to different assignments to increase your chances. Ask us how you can improve your ELPD Scores to gain higher priority in matching. We want to know that we're sending students the highest quality feedback, so, generally speaking, as you perform well on assignments, it will become easier and easier to gain additional work.