NOTE: NOT FOLLOWING THE DIRECTIONS GIVEN IN THIS ARTICLE WILL CAUSE ASSIGNMENT GRADING TO BE DELAYED.
In the Classical Liberal Arts Academy, I provide students with access to broadest and most challenging curriculum available anywhere in the world. While there are incredible resources to study, most of a student's learning takes place through the assignment submission and grading process. This article explains how to get the most of out of that process.
1. Preparing Assignments
The manner in which students complete assignments is flexible. Students can use powerful online tools like Google Drive to create and store their work, or they can do their work offline, by hand on regular notebook, writing or graph paper. Usually, the best solution is to use different methods for different types of assignments. Regardless, students should make sure the following information is included on every assignment they submit:
- Student full name
- Course name
- Lesson title
- Assignment title
All of that information should be placed at the top of the first page of the assignment.
Once the assignment is complete, it must be converted into a "Portable Document File", commonly referred to as a "PDF". That file is what will be submitted for grading. Please give your PDF file a name that helps you identify the file, such as: latingrammar-lesson01_exercises.pdf or something similar, remembering that files will always be listed by date created or in alphabetical order.
2. Storing Assignments
Students should take time to store their completed assignments in a way that allows them to access them in the future. The manner in which their assignments ought to be stored depends on the manner in which they complete them. Students working on Google Drive should create and manage folders to keep their assignments organized and take time to keep them organized. Students working on paper should establish a filing system to store their papers. Once you create a PDF copy of your assignment, you should save it for your own records.
3. Submitting Assignments
All assignments submitted for grading MUST be submitted as PDFs.
For the fastest and best grading service, follow these rules:
- Submit only one assignment at a time.
- Submit your assignment using the CLAA ticket form.
- Enter the email address you wish to be notified at when your assignment is graded.
- Select the Type: Assignment
- Give your ticket a clear subject, like "Latin Grammar I Lesson 01 Exercises"
- In the message box, provide a simple description of the assisgnment being submited and any questions/comments you have for the assignment you are submitting.
- Upload your assignment file PDF
- Hit Submit and then watch for two notifications:
- A notice that your support ticket has been created.
- A notice that your assignment has been received.
When you submit your assignment, my support system automatically sorts assignments and prioritizes them for grading (see below). This is why using the ticket form helps students get work graded more quickly.
Note: Use the "Submit Work" button on the LMS to submit your work the recommended way.
4. Receiving Graded Assignments
Once received, your assignment is automatically placed in a list of assignments prepared for me to grade.
- Urgent: Assignments graded within 12 hours
- High Priority: Assignments graded within 36 hours
- Normal: Assignments graded within 1 week.
Note that as time goes on, assignments are automatically moved from lower to higher priority, based on when they are due.
- 36 hours: Premium Students who use the ticket form
- 1 week: Independent students and Premium students who do not use the ticket form.
William Michael, Headmaster
Classical Liberal Arts Academy