How to Evaluate Your Schoolwork

Whether it is a science experiment, past month's homework or your almost-due book report to look for ways to improve your schoolwork, evaluation is a very important thing in everyday life. It can get you those higher grades, as well as helping you do a really good job of something. This article will teach you how to do just that


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    Think about some basic factors of your schoolwork. Does it look good, for a start? Is there much done? Try to put yourself in another person's shoes. Honestly say whether you think it is a good piece of schoolwork.
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    Take each section and ask yourself: where did you go right, and where did you go wrong?. This may seem difficult, but try spending a good 5-10 minutes on this part. This is one of the most important parts!
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    Once you have identified the areas you did well and the areas you didn't do so well, tell yourself what you could do to improve your piece of work. Maybe making it neater? Perhaps you could have drawn a picture to make it look nicer? There are lots of things you can do to improve your work. Try to write down as many as you think you can.
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    Determine how much time you have left. You never know, you could go improve you work straight away! Although be careful not to make a mess of your work!
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    Look at your final piece one last time and tell yourself (honestly!),whether you think you have done a good job. If the answer is yes, well done. If not, take away what you have learned by trying to make your next piece of schoolwork as best as it can be!


  • You may run out of time. Use it wisely, and to your advantage
  • Under pressure, you may make silly mistakes and you rush evaluating the work. Rushing the evaluation is no good either.
  • One method that works very well to find poor sentence structure is to read your work aloud. You don't have to read it to an audience (it will even generally work better if you don't, because you're still at a draft stage and there will be a lot of stopping and starting again) but read it to yourself, in private. If you stumble over a sentence and lose track of what you're saying, or find yourself gasping for breath, then you probably have not written that particular sentence in the best way possible. Reword your ideas until you can comfortably read it aloud.
  • Give yourself credit where credit is due. Evaluations aren't just about what you did wrong. It's about what you did right too.
  • Do not let friends put you off schoolwork. They may think you are being a "know it all" by evaluating your work and making sure you done a good job on it, but t is them, not you, that is going to suffer later on.
  • Remember that by putting in the effort, you are going to get those high level grades! As they say, no pain, no gain.
  • Not evaluating a piece of work is a sign that you do not care about your grades.
  • If you decide to evaluate your work on the criteria of the time it took you to complete the work, realize that often a longer period of time that results in a good product is better than a small period of time to produce an inferior result. However, if you will later on be under time pressure (in an exam, for example) doing a similar task, consciously work and practise to reduce your time needed.
  • The easiest way to find mistakes in a piece of work which you have written is to put it away for a little while (a week, perhaps, longer if possible, but a few days should work OK) and then retrieve it. You will lose some familiarity with your work, and much more easily be able to spot mistakes, omissions, poor sentence structure etc.


  • This process can be a long, tedious one.
  • Trying too hard is also a bad thing. This can lower the quality of the work
  • You may not have enough time

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