Paper Evaluation Preference
Providing you with accurate, timely, and useful assessment of your work is one of the most important parts of my job as a professor. But it's not easy: careful and thorough evaluation takes time, and not everyone is interested in waiting for that feedback to arrive. Some students prefer to be evaluated quickly so they can move on to the next assignment or to whatever other priorities matter to them.

So, with this in mind, I want to give you the option: do you like your feedback thorough or timely? Please respond below to let me know. There are a couple of things to keep in mind here. First: the choice you make can be changed at any time once a new assignment comes due. You may, for example, choose "timely" over "thorough" now, then change your mind later for the next assignment (note: the obvious limitation here is that you would not be able to choose "timely" feedback, then ask for "thorough" feedback on the same assignment after it was graded––though you are always more than welcome to make an appointment to meet with me to discuss your work). If you change your preference just send me an email to let me know, or mention it to me after class one day. if I don't hear from you I'll assume your preference has not changed.

Second: the choice you make will have no impact whatsoever on your grade. The grade you receive will be the same whether you choose to get your paper back with lots of (digital) red ink on it, or without it. The difference is simply in the amount of time it takes to find out your grade, and how much written commentary you get from me in the process. Also, though it should go without saying: the choice you make will not affect how I view you as a student. In other words, choosing "timely" feedback instead of "thorough" feedback (or vice versa) won't make me judge you as a good or bad student. It's simply a matter of preference. Choose what works for you.

Finally, you may be interested in knowing what "timely" and "thorough" mean. If you choose a timely evaluation I promise to get your grade to you within 48 hours of receiving your selection (barring unforeseen circumstances)--before the next class meeting, if at all possible. If you want a quick sense of where you stand, this is the way to go. If you're willing to wait for more thorough feedback, your work may take a little longer to return––maybe as long as 2-3 weeks or more. But it will come back with more corrections and comments on it. On average I find that I spend 20-30 minutes on a 1,500 word paper, depending on how well it is written. So keep these things in mind as you make your selection.

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