The semester has hit crunch time, we have about three weeks left in the semester and students’ and professors alike are slammed with work. Students are turning in papers, projects, and presentations left and right, this means the grading is piling up. If you are anything like me, it can be overwhelming, and a daunting task to know where to begin and how to get it all done.
When I was setting my strategy for end-of-the-semester grading, I thought about the things we tell our students to do to balance their coursework, jobs, and social time and realize that we should be telling ourselves the same things about grading.
This prevented meetings from being scheduled during those times and helps me be accountable. When you are in a grading crunch like these last few weeks of the semester, consider doing the same thing. If its on your calendar, you have reason to schedule other things around it.
to get work done, that isn’t really an option. By pausing your inbox, you are eliminating the distraction a notification can provide. This is also true for silencing your phone. I am constantly getting notifications for tweets and emails on my phone. And most of the time, I’m fine with that. But when I am grading I find it useful to both silence my phone and turn it screen down, so I’m not distracted.
Research from 2015 supports the importance of doing so; researchers showed that “cellular phone notifications alone significantly disrupted performance on an attention-demanding task, even when participants did not directly interact with a mobile device during the task.”
Ultimately, the grading needs to get done and ultimately we get it done, not matter how rough it is. I hope these tips and tricks help you conquer the next couple weeks. And, if you have any tried and true ideas, share them in the comments below....we can also use a little help from our friends to get us through!
Written by Ciara Kidder
For more ideas, check out Jen and Karly's ideas on climbing the grading mountain here.