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CRLS Research Guide




Evaluating Your Work

Tip Sheet 21

Ask these questions:

How do I do it?

You should be the first one to evaluate your own work before you show it to a friend or relative for review, or turn it in to a teacher for grading.

How do I know that I am done?

Did you complete the assignment given by the teacher? Go back and review the assignment sheet again to be sure.

Make sure that you have completed all the parts.

Make sure that you have identified the project with your name, your teacher's name, the date and any title, if it applies. See Making a Title Page.

How will I be evaluated by my teacher?

Your evaluation will depend on a lot of different criteria. Most of them should be written by the teacher in the assignment. In addition to the things mentioned above, there might be artistic decisions like the effectiveness of an informational poster, or the literary quality of a play or poem. Some other criteria are common to most projects.

 

Here is a list of common criteria to evaluate:

1. Correct spelling

2. Overall neatness

3. Parts in a logical and correct order, nothing missing

4. Any borrowed material is properly cited

5. Any thesis statements or arguments have been supported with evidence

Some teachers provide a self-evaluation tool called a rubric which allows you to see what excellent, good, acceptable, and poor work look like. This way, you can adjust your project to comply with excellent work. Ideally, you should be referring to a rubric all along as you do your project. It is tough at the end to completely revise something. We all run out of steam at some point. Try to work with the rubric alongside you at each work session.

After you evaluate your own work, you may want to ask a relative or friend to check it for spelling, neatness and clarity. Then do a final touch up to your work and turn it in on time!

You may want to note down what you think your grade should be and why. This may prove useful later when discussing your grade with your teacher.

This is the last tip sheet! Now you can celebrate. The next project will be a lot easier now that you know the steps.

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