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Assigning Students to Use Smart Thinking

It is difficult for students to edit their own papers. Many students can sense something is wrong, but don't have enough knowledge to pick out their mistakes; hence students often turn in drafts when you are expecting polished papers.

Grading student papers that have not been edited create more work and effort on your part. It also skips an important part of students' learning process, acknowledging their mistakes, reflecting on them and learning how to correct them.

Add these instructions to your syllabus to require students to go through an editing process :

  • Papers must be submitted to Smart Thinking before they can be submitted to me, save the comments you receive and the original draft, submit these along with your final paper.
  • It is important to manage your time wisely. It can take up to 24 hours for the edits to be completed. Often you may have to submit a paper more than once until you are sure the paper is the professional standard you want to achieve. Once you receive your paper back, count on at least a half hour a page to review and rewrite.
  • If you prefer to work with someone one-on-one, then you can take your paper to the writing center prior to submission. Save you original draft and the writing center edits to submit with your final paper.


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