Marking Essays


Advice, guidance notes, and support materials for tutors. Tips on assessment and grading, plus using boilerplate notes and templates to reduce the workload. Includes sample marked essays. Suitable for use in schools, colleges, and universities.



Support and guidance notes for tutors

Download it – now! All the common issues of assessment, grading, writing support, and offering written comments for improvement are clearly explained. Features sample marked essays, plus practical advice from experienced tutors. Common grading schemes are explained. and suggestions for using IT solutions. The PDF format can be used on laptops, mobiles, and workstations. It deals with all the most important questions of assessing and responding to academic writing. You can add your own notes and hyperlinks to personalise your eBook and make it even more interactive.

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Support, guidance, and solutions for tutors marking students’ essays and assignments

Marking strategies
The right tone. The importance of rapid turnaround. The basic requirements of a successful essay.

Script comments
What to write on the essay – and how to write it. Correcting mistakes. How much comment?

General advice
The ‘sandwich’ technique. Encouragement – critical engagement – suggestions for improvement.

Guidance notes
Examples of templates for guidance note to deal with common problems – which save time and effort.

Introductions – the body of the argument – conclusions. The importance of the paragraph in creating structure.

Examples of grading systems – and how to interpret them. Making allowances.

Special problems
Misunderstandings. Student demands. Plagiarism. Attention-seeking. Disability. Payments

Technical solutions
Templates for support materials. Audio-cassettes. Computer macros.

Marked essays
Two sample marked assignments – Sociology and Literary Studies


Dr Roy Johnson is the author of best-selling writing and study guides – Studying Fiction, Making the Grade, Improve your Writing Skills, Writing Essays 3.0, and several others. He was originally an industrial designer, then went on to lecture on literary studies at Manchester University and the Open University. He publishes a monthly newsletter on writing, culture, and technology, and is the director of Mantex Information Design.

“It’s great. After eight years working full time in higher education institutions, nobody has taken the time to explain the grading systems as thoroughly as Marking Essays.” Jean Baird – Nottingham Trent University

Price – £1.95 – 84 pages – PDF format – 1993 – ISBN 0951984411

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