Any of you have experience grading undergraduate courses before? I just got offered a position to grade an undergrad CS course and I was wondering if you guys had any experiences doing this kind of stuff.
Teaching experiences/thoughts/horror stories thread?
Well it's not entirely grading. I have to hold office hours too. But I get to charge the department for the office hours every week and report my own hours grading so it's 2-18hr/week at $10.25/hr. That's pretty good for a part time job student job IMO, especially since it will help me not forget the material.
Is it really that bad of a job? I was hoping it would be easy. I'm most worried about students arguing with me about grades since most of them will be around my age or older
GIVE ZERO PARTIAL CREDIT FOR BOILER PLATE JAVA CODE
If they made 0 progress in actually solving the problem, they should get a 0.
>inb4 you're fired for being "too strict" and the professor gives a blanket +50% to everyone.
It's not actually Java. It's computer organization/architecture (which is a sophomore course typically). So basically it has an introduction to the Von Neumann architecture, some stuff about how modern CPUs, memory hierarchy, virtual memory, etc. Most of what I will be grading will be assembly coded for the MIPS instruction set
I do plan on giving extra credit if I can figure out the thought process behind incorrect code (and if it makes some sense) because assembly language is very unforgiving, especially when you're first learning it
I've tutored and marked for a few classes, including some calculus line ones, discrete maths, and algebra. Marking is extremely boring, but pays well (I get 50 AUD an hour to mark assignments) and is essentially quite easy, so you know. There're much worse jobs out there, even if you're in the US getting paid fuck all to do it.
As far as stories go... There's not really much to say. You mark the assignments, if its a first year class you'll likely get to have a lot of laughs at the perplexingly stupid things some students do. Comp sci students are especially amusing. I'm not sure if its universal but at my university they display a stupidity that is surprising and fun, and to my pleasure, they have to take discrete maths!
>grading, or teaching, or tutoring/TAing for a class
Prepare for the worst disappointment of your life. It is truly a gut-wrenching feeling to witness human beings at a university go through a class, attend lectures, complete homework assignments, even ask questions in class, then fail miserably because they have learned absolutely nothing.
However, failing students' exams are a lot easier to grade.
I will take joy in failing people if I think they're actually retarded. I expect to be pretty merciful overall because I thought the class was a little tricky when I took it but I actually can't wait to fail retards who think they can skate by doing no work to get a C