I receive your exams with a mixture of anticipation and dread. Your assessment items are the ultimate feedback on my performance. I look at what you write, and I take it personally. Did I neglect to teach you something, or could I have explained a concept better? I share your wish to succeed.
So let's work together. Here's some things that you can do for me:
- If you really don't know an answer, please don't make me read through waffle. Spend your time enhancing the answers you actually have something to say about;
- Read (and answer!) all parts of the question - highlighters are great for helping with this;
- Address the question - it doesn't matter how good your answer is if it doesn't meet the brief;
- When I offer you the opportunity to discuss your work before it's due, please take me up on this;
- Different coloured pens are a great asset;
- Figures, diagrams, tables are a fabulous way of not having to write heaps of text (and I thank you for this simplicity;
- There is absolutely no need to repeat the question in your answer - just tell me the answer and how you got there;
- Please don't write in pencil;
- Keep white space in your writing - i.e. leave a spare line between questions and paragraphs;
- If the question says that dot points are fine, please use them;
- If you already know that your handwriting is hard to read, at least try to make it bigger;
- Quality, not quantity! From the good Dr Suess: 'The writer who breeds more words than he needs is making a chore for the reader who reads'; an
- Far better to do something simple, and do it well, than to attempt to save the world and accomplish nothing.
Good luck with your assessments!