Advice from Graiders


Preparation & Manage your Time

"Especially at first, assignments would take me a long time. I really had to figure out what works best for me. First, figure out any questions you have about assignment and get those answered by the teacher well in advance. Then you will have everything you need to start grading when you’re ready."

- Regan Jolley, University of Georgia

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"It’s incredibly beneficial to reach out to the teacher for guidance and support - you can clarify the prompt or rubric, ask questions about specific student assignments, or simply introduce yourself. Maintaining communication with the teacher will set you up for success - helping to ensure that you are doing the best work for the students and having the greatest impact."

- Jacob Duty, Ohio University

Remember the goal

"At first read, an essay might seem good, but when I referenced the rubric, I often realized that the student may have missed the assignment’s goal. After experiencing rubrics from a teacher’s perspective, I have come to appreciate rubrics in a whole new way." 

- Lisa McGovern, University of Illinois

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Prepare & Get Clarification

“I take my time setting up the assignment, reading and understanding the rubric and guidelines from the teacher, and making sure I have all the information I need to fully understand the teacher’s expectations. I go slower when grading the first few students, but then the time per student drops as I’m able to make quicker judgements and have a baseline for my feedback.”

Also, don’t be afraid to ask for clarification. “One of the most challenging things is when the teacher isn’t completely clear or the directions are confusing.” In situations like this, it’s always best to reach out to the teacher directly to make sure you’re on the same page.

- Andrew Martin, University of Illinois


Be EmpAthetic

“When giving feedback, it is more than what you say, it is how you say it. Approach tough topics gently and anchor them with a lot of praise."

- Cas Macsisak, Point Park University

Rely on the Rubric

"Pay extra-close attention to the rubric, and reference it as much as possible in your feedback! It’s designed to make grading so much easier (and more consistent) by providing you with everything you need to know!"

And ask for help! "At times, evaluating work was difficult. I did not want to be the one to mark an answer wrong! The awesome Graide Network Team, though, was always there to lend a helping hand."

- Ina Zaimi, University of Michigan

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Take student work seriously!

“Whenever you are giving feedback, be reflective, thoughtful, and sincere. Students will take your words to heart and learn from them. This is your chance to make a real impact. I still remember feedback I got from my 8th-grade English teacher, and I reflect on it when I write.”

- Douglas Clark, Biola University