The first day of the break we declared a marking free zone and cooked up a “no curry today” dinner to celebrate Ian’s birthday, which he just happens to share with none other than Guru Rimpoche himself!! We invited every BCFer in the east but understandably many were unable to escape on day one and the rigors of exam marking and landslides blocking the roads forced them to send apologies. We did however have a fun time with those who could make it and the western style food went down a treat.
Given that the marking process is now complete and it took a grueling 80+ hours, I can gladly say that the worst time of the term for me is now over! Mid terms, unlike finals actually go back into the hands of students so I like to keep track of common errors and analyse the results “class-wise” to make the most of the experience in terms of improving students’ outcomes. I also expect students to analyse their own scores and I will discuss them with each student individually in week 1 before the regular marking routine takes over. Last year I actually corrected all the essays and short stories but this time I opted for merely marking the errors and dividing them into the criteria on which the scores were based: punctuation, grammar, spelling, expression, style and content. This shaved a massive 25 hours off the marking time for me and I figure those precious few who will want to know the precise errors and corrections will ask and the vast majority like students all over the globe will look at the score and leave it at that.
In addition to the focus on writing skills, for my own amusement I record some of the more humorous statements and spellings on the exam papers. As the time wears on the desire to complete the process takes over and less and less are recorded but here are a few that took my fancy early in the piece.
“….after many requestisations”
“Although he is good in study even day by day he is drepproving”
“their healthy will be healthy,” which so nicely accompanies “should be practically practice it,” by the same student.
“The door of his room was knoccing”
“Starting from small insects and up to humane beings go in pursuit of weathy, comforts and enjoyments which causes their lives sufferings”
“We the educated people strongly say that it is going toward left field.”
“…we with a sealy reason are frighting”
“I conclude by saying / praying to be our motherworld as the ‘English Popular Zone!’”
“I understood that ‘as we saw so shall we weep.’”
“ he was habituated in the using of drugs”
“…but one thing is that he can’t is misplaced his parents”
“It was his thinking in his mind”
“ I use simbolic language when I communicate with dump and dafe”
“ Before he was brilliant and brave and all this is lost and his life is in a miserable”
“At last he found that it was unrequired love but his love was on process”