How Long Does It Take to Grade an Essay?

By Tina Blue

Check out this article. The author shared some very good ideas on how to mark essays effectively. I love it! Especially the conclusion… 

          “So let me answer the question I started with: How long does it take to grade an essay?  Oh, for a typical 500-1000 word essay, I’d say about five or ten minutes, depending on how fast the teacher can read.  As soon as we have read a paper we usually know what sort of grade it deserves, and most of us can read such papers pretty quickly.

          But marking a paper, showing the student what he has done wrong, what he has done right, and what he needs to do to improve his thinking and his writing–now that can take a very long time indeed.”

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