Sadly we sometimes repeat the same stupid mistakes in life. In the context of an assignment, this can be detrimental to the student's learning and the teacher's motivation (i.e., why bother to give feedback if it is ignored?). Revising an assignment to correct mistakes is a great way to learn. However, it can take a lot of motivation and effort to revise something if a teacher doesn't otherwise re-assess the result. Hence, I recommend students do something I do myself: maintain a checklist of frequent mistakes and foibles. For example, on my writing checklist I note that the Chicago style advises "spelling out whole numbers from zero through one hundred and certain round multiples of those numbers." The checklist is easy to add to after receiving feedback, consult while writing, and review once I'm done drafting.
I sometimes accept a revision for re-assessment under the following requirements:
- Revisions must be done with "show changes" so I can see the changes you made (see help for MS Word, Pages for Mac, or Google Docs; if the later, remember to give me permission to see and comment).
- Revisions must be appended by a changelog explaining how you improved based on the original feedback. As you can see in the example below, the changelog must be structured according to the assessment rubric and include specific references to the rubric and writing handout.
- Revisions must be emailed to me as a single document (revision and changelog appendix) within one week of the return of an assignment.
I am (essentially) assessing the changelog, and I (roughly) average the old and new grade, typically resulting in a one increment increase over the original grade. That is, an improvement that is documented well would lift a grade from a B- to a B (or B to B+), but in the rare case of failing to address specific and easy to fix issues it could drop to a B- to a C+.
- I now include analysis of the keys concepts of Concept3 and Concept4.
- Instead of mentioning them in passing, I now explain Concept1 in my own words and include a nice quote for the definition of Concept2.
- I've replaced my example for the concept Concept1 with the better example of Example2.
- I've consulted my writing style manual and your writing feedback handout to fix the following:
- added appropriate framing to the introduction and conclusion;
- cleaned up verbose sentences;
- corrected shifts in tense;
- correct placement of punctuation and citations associated with quotations;