2nd Edition

Assessing Students' Written Work Marking Essays and Reports

By Catherine Haines Copyright 2021
    218 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    218 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Assessment is one of the most powerful tools in teaching, yet it is rarely measured in effort, time and effectiveness and is often done alone, against the clock and with minimal training. This practical and realistic book is designed to help practitioners who wish to improve their impact in assessing a large and diverse range of students. This second edition has been fully updated to include the views of students and recent developments in remote assessment, plagiarism, grading and feedback tools. The second half of the book considers the main assessment methods, with advice addressing common challenges.

    It will help newer assessors to:

      • clarify their role and make the best use of time and technology
      • gain confidence with assessment terms and processes
      • give motivating feedback and support student writing
      • tailor their approach and learn from practitioners within their discipline to extend their current range of solutions
      • consider in more depth: essays, reports and projects, practicals and fieldwork, mathematically-based learning and exams.

    Both newly appointed and more experienced lecturers in further and higher education, postgraduate students, part time staff and graduate teaching assistants will find this an invaluable guide and reference tool.


    Student Voices


    1 Your role in assessment

    2 What exactly is assessment?

    3 Feedback

    4 Time management

    5 Developing writing skills with your students: language and context


    6 Assessing essays

    7 Assessing reports and projects

    8 Assessing practicals and fieldwork

    9 Assessing problem solving in mathematical subjects

    10 Assessing in examinations


    Catherine Haines is an educational advisor at Oxford University, a visiting lecturer at King’s College, London, the educationalist for EULAR, the scientific and educational society for postgraduate rheumatology in Europe, and a medical educational consultant for Health Education England.