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Recommendations for online homework grading/marking products

Discussion in 'Mathematics' started by jgtutoring, Feb 4, 2012.

  1. Hello everyone.

    I'm a private Maths tutor in Glasgow, Scotland. I'm improving my service currently. I set weekly homework and mark it by hand. But this is time consuming, prone to errors and needs a lot of work to track and report to parents. Does anyone have any suggestions for software to help this? I'd really appreciate any other ideas. I've seen MyMaths but it doesn't give me auto lesson planning and is designed for schools.

  2. maths126

    maths126 New commenter

    Hi jg,

    MyMaths is the best resource for online homework marking and record keeping. If you are a business you might even be able to sign up and offset at least part of the cost against your annual tax return - but check with your accountant!

    If you find marking homework 'time consuming, prone to errors and needing a lot of work' then you could always consider not setting it, surely?

    It is my guess that if you are a private Maths specialist tutor, especially one looking to 'improve his service', then your fee-paying customers would EXPECT you to be marking their children's work by hand, giving detailed personalised and error-free feedback and planning individualised learning programmes for each one. After all, many of your classroom-based colleagues are doing precisely this for free in state schools throughout the UK.
  3. googolplex

    googolplex Occasional commenter

    Yep. Marking is a complete pain in the @R$£.
    Unfortunately, there is no electronic substitute providing the same quality feedback as with handwriting. If you want to go technical, consider ways in which you can scan homework and mark it using notation apps on devices such as ipads. Not sure it will save time, but it will be more fun, and you can keep a record of their work.
  4. PaulDG

    PaulDG Occasional commenter

    How many students do you have?

    I have to admit, I'm guessing you have maybe 20 clients at most.. I don't think you'll find there's a lot of sympathy for that "marking load" from teachers on this forum who probably have over 200 students in their classes, a requirement for 2 homeworks a week and those and all the classwork having to be marked!

    - and the idea that your making is "prone to errors"? Don't you work through all the questions you're setting in advance? Don't you already have model solutions ready?
    I think we're struggling to see the problem - if you just want to do tick/cross marking, then maybe something like mathletics will do the job? But tick/cross marking isn't really a big deal and shouldn't take more than a few seconds per client anyway..

    If you're after something more "crafted", giving individual feedback on areas to work on, then it's hard to see that doing anything other than comparing their work with your exemplar will do the trick - and very hard to see how that can be automated.

    Or are you setting very different work? Is the work you're setting Nrich-like activities? The whole point of those is to discuss and compare solutions, so again, not something that can be easily automated.
  5. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    There's always the Kumon solution: get the parents to mark the homework...

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