Big Shrimpin wrote:
February seems preposterous.
How can it take more than two or three weeks to grade exams, given time off for holidays and time added for actually reading+grading? Okay, you finish your 3hr exam on December 16, and assuming you're in a class of 80 people who write on average 5000 words per exam (might be a high estimate, unless they're all gunners and write 8000 words each or you're in a class of 150 people) that leaves about 400,000 (and lets say 600,000 on the high end) words. If 500 words is about a page and a half (12pt double spaced times new roman), then 400,000 words is 1,200 pages (1,800 pages on the high end). If it takes about 3mins to read+grade per page (assuming that professors are seasoned pros at grading and can probably spot their grading checklist and high/low grades from a mile away while half asleep) that's 3,600 minutes (5,400 minutes), divided by 60 is 60 hours of work (90 hours on the high end). That should easily be accomplished in a week or so ( a bit more on the high end, plus recording grades and walking papers to the registrar's office), but if you add Thursday and Friday off for Christmas, as well as a few days around new years, that leaves at least 7 days between the exam and the first week of the new year to get the grades to the registrar's office. Assuming two or three days for administrative delays, I cannot see why grades should be available online any later than the end of the first week or beginning of the second week of January.
Is my reasoning out of line? I would love to be a professor someday, and from my perspective (albeit, a 1L) time allocations like these don't seem to be completely unreasonable.
The length of time they spend grading is a bit ridiculous. Especially since I'm not sure how many of the papers the Professors actually read, as opposed to passing them off to their assistants. But you should keep in mind that a lot of what they're reading will be somewhat incomprehensible because people are trying to cram in as much as they can as quickly as they can, so there are going to be a lot of typos, a lot of grammatical mistakes, a lack of organization, etc.
And I really don't think you can expect Professors to "work" 60 hours/week over winter break on grading. My bet would be that most won't even touch it over break since they'll be, you know, enjoying break. Which means that most probably won't start grading until next semester, when they'll have the further excuse that they already have a job and are working (even though they don't actually do all that much). So my best guess is that they probably won't spend more than two hours (on average) a day on grading. If you estimate 60 hours of work, that stretches to a month, which, if you assume that most Professors would rather relax than grade on their vacation, brings us right to February.
That being said, I'm really not looking forward to waiting more than a month.