Freshman Papers

My students turned in their first papers today. The number of people who managed to miss basic points, including double space, type, and number pages is amazing.

This is in the syllabus:

“All papers should be double-spaced, 12 point font, Palatino or Times New Roman.

Heading should be left justified and as follows:

Your name

My name

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Full due date

Then skip a line and center your title.

Then skip a line and type your essay.”

I did verbally remind them that they needed to put the page numbers on each page.

I didn’t think to tell them not to capitalize all the letters of their title. … These are the problems I’ve seen from them just turning the papers in. I haven’t actually started reading them and grading them yet.

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