Take a look at this assignment from an actual college professor: Yow!Even with bullets and commands that’s a lot of text.
Take a look at this assignment from an actual college professor: Yow!
Focus on Development and Body Paragraphs for your other two.
They’re simple—almost completely made of a thesis statement and transitions.
Make a list of three strengths and weaknesses you have as a writer.
Be mindful of the pitfalls and confident about your high points.
In this case, you can see five discrete categories, each with its own stakes, and the number value that corresponds to your performance: The prof will take the rubric and keep it within reach while grading.
Along with making notes on your paper, the prof will also check off your performance in each category—summarizing your performance in that category: If you have a hundred-point paper, each one of these categories is worth 20 points.
Let’s take it section by section, one directive at a time. Go through and find the concepts the prof wants you to cover in the paper. Lord love ‘em, but professors are notorious for giving more information than necessary or saying more than what needs saying, so do your best to boil the assignment down to the essentials with your highlighter: Take note, these macro concepts are often suggestions, not commands. These are the items that must be included in the paper for you to get a good grade.
They are the prof telling you how to be impressive, clear, or to raise your grade through a demonstration of your wits and knowledge. Usually they are very specific: Clearly, if your paper uses first-person pronouns, it will irk the person giving you the grade—probably best to stay away from that.
Now that you understand why profs are such format sticklers, take a look at the rubric: The rubric is a list of direct touch points that will be examined by the professor as they grade your work.
Take note, they’re specific and they break down your potential performance.