Marking Practices

Setting comprehensive marking standards from the outset of your course allows you to be more consistent and effective for the duration of the semester. In the long run this will save you time and will support your students' learning more effectively. Remember, the grade you place on a paper, lab report, or exam may be the only form of communication you have with a student. Click on the links below to learn more:

Some General Things About Marking
Whether you're marking fourth-year English final term papers or first-year calculus problem sets, these tips will help you to save time, be consistent and keep your students' work safe.
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Creating and Marking University Exams and Assignments
Before starting to write questions, make a list of the most important points that you have covered in class. Avoid testing small details; focus on the major themes.
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Case Studies in Marking
Consider each of the following marking related situations. If this happened to you do you have a strategy to handle the situation? Talk to other TAs in your department, your TA supervisor, the Teaching Support Centre or Ombuds person for ideas on how you might resolve these situations.
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Rubrics and Marking Sheets
A rubric based marking sheet is a quick way to give detailed feedback in less time. It also provides quantifiable information for specific characteristics that are normally subjective and challenged by students.
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Essay Characteristics - an Example Guideline for Marking
The follow characteristics are things you could look for when trying to determine a grade on an essay style exam or paper:
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Marking Resources

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