Post # 1
I’m supposed to graduate this semester. When I applied for graduation, I discovered that I would need to take English 101. The university I got my first degree at didn’t require 101 if you made a certain score on the English portion of the ACT. This school does not have any such policy, so I have to have a freshman level class during my graduating semester.
This class is killing me. I’m taking it online. Because the English department has an attendance policy, online classes must “meet” two days a week. This is taken to mean that something must be due every Tuesday and Thursday. Normally, on Thursday a discussion board post or two is required, then an outline, then a rough draft, and then a final draft. So basically we’re looking at an essay every two weeks. This wouldn’t be so bad except that my professor doesn’t return assigments in a timely manner. How am I supposed to correct errors if I’m not seeing feedback until two days after the next final draft is due? If I’m having to do X amount of work a week then a professor should have to do some grading.
Sorry, this is really just a vent. One of my major pet peeves is teachers who don’t return papers/tests in a timely manner. I almost lost my shit at a math professor a few semesters ago who took a month to return a test (which was returned three days after the last day to drop the class).
Post # 3
Sugaree: Meet with them in person and tell him the difficulty you are having with the way papers are being retuned. be polite and respectful and see where that gets you. It kinda sounds like a BS class, that since the professor doesn’t see you, you aren’t actually real, so they don’t really care. If you put a face to your name, he might see your name pop up and go “oh! I know her” and review your drafts faster.
This happened in a mass lecture class i had. 500+ students, and we never got anything back on time . I made a point to introduce my self and I allways got my stuff back Wayyy before my friends in the class.
Post # 4
I sympathise,my tutor is terrible at signing off my assessments at the moment.Two of them(which have about 6 different assessments in each) were completed over two weeks ago,and still havent been signed off. Its frustrating because Ive spoken to her a million times, and now,if she doesnt sign them by friday I have to go into college an extra day next week to make up for work Ive already done,because I will be classed as behind schedule!As soon as they are signed off,I will be ahead of the group,but Im just waiting on her!!
Post # 5
That is extremely annoying! I think if this affects your marks you should bring it up with the professor (in a nice way). I would probably go in and ask the professor for feedback directly and then casually mention that the reason you came in is because on the last assignment you didn’t get the feedback until after the final draft was due and you wanted to improve on your first draft. They will probably be annoyed because now they have to deal with you in office hours but they either have to do that or give you your assignments back in time.
I used to TA at a university and the policy was that professors had to submit at least some sort of mark before the last day to drop classes. I remember being rushed by the profs to input marks for assignments and tests we had marked.
Post # 6
@Ms. Martian: Unfortunately it’s not the rough draft that she’s reviewing. The rough draft is never reviewed. Only marked whether it’s been turned in or not. The review is of the final draft from the previous assignment…from two weeks before.
I wish our university would institute something that would require professors to return the most recent work before drop day.
Post # 7
I had the same problem with my physics lab professor. The first feedback I got was 7 weeks into the semester. He returned lab 1 when I had already turned in another 6 labs with the same mistake I didn’t know I was making. After that I never saw anything until the last day of class when he handed everything back in mass. While I didn’t find anything that worked to get faster feedback, (He didn’t grade anything until a week before he returned it to the class.) I totally understand your frustration.