Nothing is more important than getting high-quality feedback returned to teachers and students on time. In order to make sure that happens, we put together some suggestions to make sure you are able to complete your work efficiently and turn it in by the deadline.
- Spread out your work: When claiming or applying for assignments, make sure you are not choosing multiple assignments that are due on the same day. This often overwhelms Graiders and leads to assignments not being turned in by 12:00 (noon) CST on the due date.
- Plan it out: After you have been matched to an assignment, use a calendar to plan out when you will work on the assignment each day leading up to the due date. It is helpful to be as specific as possible. Have morning classes? Mark down that you will be working from 1:00 - 5:00. The more specific you are with when you will be working, the more likely it is that you will be able to stick to your schedule.
- Be realistic: No one wants to grade papers for ten hours a day (literally no one). If you are realistic about how long you are able to work each day, you will be able to actually meet your goals and stay on track for each assignment. This will also help you know how many days you will need to work in order to complete the assignment, instead of hoping you can complete all of your work the day before the assignment is due.
- Self-reflect: Does it usually take you a little longer than the estimated grading time to complete your work? That is totally ok, as long as you account for it during your planning process. Reflect on how your past assignments have gone and be honest with yourself with planning how long it will take you to complete an assignment.
- Start early: We cannot stress this enough! Getting started early will save you time and stress throughout the grading process. When you start early, you can catch any assignment issues that will potentially hold you up during the grading process, as well as receive coaching early. Receiving coaching early is great because it allows you to make any changes to your feedback earlier, rather than later, and hopefully allows you to avoid any revision requests for not meeting our expectations of high-quality feedback.
- Communicate: If you have an emergency, or feel as though you are matched to too many assignments, reach out as soon as possible so we can get your assignment rematched or give you an extension. We are happy to work with you when know our policies and communicate well!