Ok, I’ll make you guys a deal. I’ll keep my assignments neat and legible, I’ll staple on the left, and I’ll keep the assignment in order if you markers do the following:
don’t take marks off for bullshit reasons
eg: Hm, question asks for student to produce a graph. The student produced a graph, but didn’t label this xintercept. 1!
or
Hm, the student didn’t show the the product of two integers is an integer. 1!
or
Hm, the question asks for the student to graph this function. He gave the graph perfectly, but he didn’t give any reasons for the graph. Never mind that the question doesn’t ask for reasons, that’s 2 on all three questions
if I do make a mistake that’s worth taking marks off, don’t go overboard
eg: Well, the student correctly used the Euclidean algorithm to calculate the three GCDs that I wanted. However, each time he forgot to write down ax + by = GCD(a, b) (this wasn’t necessary to get the correct answer, it’s just how they wanted us to present the answer). That’s 3 out of 5
if, god forbid, I do make a mistake and staple my papers in the wrong order(it happens), don’t give me a zero. I did do the correct work, and I am numbering all of my questions, so it’s not like it’s hard to notice that a proof starts suddenly at an odd point
eg: The student uses the correct assumption that 2^n/n! <= 4/n. He must have just copied that out of the assignment question and started from there. Never mind that there are several pages after this and that this is the last question, he must not have understood how this works

If we have a midterm covering material on this assignment, and you have a week to mark it, for god’s sake get it done in time. It’s nice to know what we do know and what we don’t before we write our exams

If you’re going to give a reason for taking off marks instead of directing me to the solution, give me a reason that makes sense. If you don’t, I’m going to assume that you’re an idiot who’s taking marks off for fun, and then when I take the same question on an exam, I’m going to get it wrong again.
eg: Consider the case when ln(7) <= 0, 7 <= 0. DNE!!!
Should be written as:
Consider the case when x <= 0. ln(x) DNE
(No joke, this actually happened to me)
 I know that this really isn’t your fault, but don’t ask me to repeat a proof three times over with different numbers, and then only give me marks for the first proof. Especially when each individual proof spans 1.5 pages
I hope that we can come to an understanding on this.