Underestimating the Time Involved

I read very fast and after twenty years of teaching, I grade quickly too. But I seriously underestimated the time it would take me to mark research papers. I thought I could get it done in an hour and a half, for eight papers. But it’s taking me twenty minutes each. That’s not good. I didn’t get to turn the papers back to the students. And on Saturday I scheduled an hour and a half to grade fifteen papers. Don’t think I am going to make that either.

Maybe I’ve slowed down grading or, more likely, I just underestimated how much time it took me to grade when I had far fewer demands on my time and didn’t need to schedule quite so much.

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