Why Assign Graduate Writing?
No matter the discipline, a graduate education requires writing. Although we may expect graduate students to be proficient writers when they are admitted to our programs, students still require mentoring and support in the genres of academic writing such as conference papers, dissertation proposals, literature reviews, abstracts, and theses.
Evaluating Graduate Student Writing
Responding to graduate student writing takes time. Here are some ways to use your time more efficiently while providing valuable feedback to students:
- Read twice for more effective feedback (and to save time)
- Lower-order review: identify patterns of error rather than serving as a copy editor
- Scaffold graduate student assignments