Girly Thoughts

December 4, 2008

Dear anyone who grades papers

Filed under: Uncategorized — judgesnineteen @ 3:30 am

It’s your job to tell the people who have to write the papers what is expected of their papers.  It’s not obvious.  It’s not natural.  Writing itself isn’t natural, and we’re not supposed to write the way we speak, so clearly there are conventions (read: stuff people made up that other people have to learn and aren’t born knowing) that need to be followed.  And those conventions vary from one type of paper to the next.  So explain.  And if you don’t explain well enough and you get a paper that doesn’t follow your secret paper rules, recognize that it’s your fault for expecting people to read your mind.

end rant, recommence trying to write papers without understanding what the rules are and hating life



  1. Ugh, I completely agree with you! And now, knowing that I am not alone in my frustrations, I too, shall happily (begrudgingly) return to my glorious *cough*harrowing*cough* task of writing.

    Comment by Lady — December 19, 2008 @ 11:02 am | Reply

  2. dear student struggling with a paper,

    have you received that magical item called a paper assignment outline? i know its mystic runes are at times hard to decipher, but i promise it will make sense once you decode via actually reading it.

    if you have not received such an assignment sheet, or if said sheet is vague and evasive rather than descriptive… then on behalf of decent professors everywhere who actually use their class time and hand-outs to describe a paper’s expectations in detail, i’m truly sorry.

    i’m sure your paper will be fantastic even if you struggle with the secret rules of your cruel professor. half the battle is confidence; fake it till you make it!


    a blogging professor

    Comment by Prof H — March 2, 2009 @ 7:47 pm | Reply

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