100+ Positive Comments to Write on Student Papers That’ll Have a Lasting Impact
by Sara Ipatenco
Everyone loves to hear something nice, and that includes your students! Students of any age will feel so good about themselves when they read positive comments written right on their assignments. Seeing positive words will also give students the motivation to keep working hard because they know their efforts are being recognized. Positive and meaningful praise will also help students form a close bond with their teacher, which encourages children to work hard and learn a lot. Pick up your favorite pen and get writing.
Here are more than 100 positive comments your students would love to read!
- This is some awesome thinking!
- What terrific math skills you’re showing!
- You are an amazing writer!
- Wow! You have improved so much!
- You are showing excellent understanding!
- This is clear, concise, and complete!
- What a powerful argument!
- I knew you could do it!
- Wonderful ideas!
- It was a pleasure to grade this!
- Keep up the incredible work!
- My goodness, how impressive!
- You’re showing inventive ideas!
- You’ve shown so much growth!
- Interesting thoughts!
- I love your neat work!
- Doesn’t it feel good to do such great work?
- First-rate work!
- This is fascinating information!
- You inspire me!
- This is right on target!
- What an astounding observation!
- This is very well thought out!
- I can tell you’ve been practicing!
- You’ve come a long way!
- This has pizazz!
- I can tell you’ve been paying attention!
- Reading this made my day!
- This is very perceptive!
- What an accomplishment!
- You make a great point here!
- I really like your creativity!
- You are an exceptional student!
- You have brilliant thoughts!
- This is beautiful!
- Dazzling examples!
- Vivid language choices!
- You express your ideas so well!
- This was a delight to read!
- This is a persuasive argument!
- You show an impressive grasp on this subject!
- You are gifted!
- You are so clever!
- What a great learner you are!
- I value these thoughts!
- You are such a motivated worker!
- You show great attention to detail!
- You are so artistic!
- I am so proud of you!
- Lovely handwriting!
- Great example!
- You worked so hard!
- You are a star!
- You learned so much!
- You are so smart!
- You’ve made a lot of progress!
- What bright thinking!
- You rocked this!
- Great thinking!
- You did your best!
- I love this!
- You can do hard things!
- You are talented!
- You amaze me!
- You discovered something new!
- I enjoyed reading this!
- You are so ambitious!
- I appreciate your hard work!
- This is magical work!
- You did it!
- You’ve achieved so much!
- You really challenged yourself!
- I admire you!
- You are unstoppable!
- You have great ideas!
- This really sparkles!
- What a great vision you have!
- You have really improved!
- You’ve really grown!
- You are a snappy problem-solver!
- This really shines!
- You make me want to learn more!
- This made me smile!
- You are a winner!
- I love your creativity!
- You are so intelligent!
- You should be proud!
- You have amazing potential!
- This is top-notch!
- You deserve a high five!
- Way to think it through!
- This blew me away!
- These are fabulous ideas!
- This gets my seal of approval!
- This is quality work!
- You reached your goal!
- Out of this world!
- You’re on top of it!
- I can tell this is your best effort!
- I love how motivated you are!
- You are so focused!
- I’m so lucky to grade your work!
- I love your enthusiasm!
Your students will glow when they review their work as they read your positive comments. They’ll love it so much that you can look forward to even more excellent work to comment on!
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107 Report Card Comments to Use and Adapt
Reviewed by Sarah Tino, M.Ed.
- Teacher Resources
Learning skills (positive comments)
Learning skills (needs improvement), addition and subtraction, skip counting, place value, comparing numbers, addition with regrouping.
- Word problems
- Language (general)
Reading comprehension, response journal, note taking, distance learning.
- Tips for writing effective report cards
- Key considerations for effective end-of-year report cards
Just about every teacher agrees: report card comments are important to provide insights and next steps to students and families. But there are few who actually look forward to writing them.
Because every instructor knows working under tight deadlines to create upwards of 20 unique and detailed reports at the end of the year or term isn’t exactly straightforward (or particularly fun). That's especially true in the era of distance learning.
And while no one at your school knows your students better than you do, writing valuable report card comments for each of them can be a huge challenge.
That’s why we created a list of 107 sample report card comments — starters to help you find ideas, inspiration, and insights while writing your own report cards.
The 107 report card comments in this list will help you:
- Instill a growth mindset in students
- Build stronger home-to-school connections
- Write stronger leads and use livelier language
- Choose the right phrasing when writing positive and constructive report card comments
Report card comment starters
You'll notice that the report card comments below can act as a springboard for more fully developed ones. But don't worry, using them you'll be able to take some of these one-liners and turn them into insightful and actionable next steps!
For example, you'll be able to take a 1st grade number sense comment like "Your child is able to add and subtract numbers up to 20 using various manipulatives" and transform it into:
Your child is able to add and subtract numbers up to 20 using various manipulatives. This was evident when he was working independently to solve a real-world problem by adding toys in the classroom toy bin. As a next step, they should continue to add to larger numbers to encourage his skills. You can support him by asking him to add his own toy piles at home.
Or taking a responsibility-related learning skill comment from "Your child is able to take responsibility for her own actions both in and out of the classroom" to:
Your child is able to take responsibility for her own actions both in and out of the classroom. She often checks her agenda and day planner to make sure she has all of the necessary materials to complete work at home before leaving. During indoor recess, she takes time to tidy up everything she was playing with.
Notice the difference?
Compared to a single number or letter grade, report card comments can provide even more value to your students and their families. In other words, a number or letter or grade captures the what , while an accompanying comment captures the how .
Depending on the age group or grade level you teach, a letter or grade letter might be enough. However, research in Phi Delta Kappan, the professional journal for educators, suggests:
Comments that identify what students did well, what improvements they need to make, and how to make those improvements, provided with sensitivity to important contextual elements, can guide students on their pathways to learning success and ensure that all learn excellently.
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- ________ is confident, positive and a great role model for his/her classmates.
- ________ is frequently among the first to help and mentor other classmates. He/she is a valuable part of the classroom.
- ________ has shown excellent ability to set goals and be persistent in achieving them.
- ________ is interested in his/her own learning, listens attentively, and makes a solid effort to avoid distractions that could interrupt the learning process.
- ________ is accountable and responsible. He/she makes smart decisions, admits mistakes and listens to opportunities to improve.
- ________ relates well to classmates and is appreciative of different perspectives and experiences.
- ________ manages his/her emotions maturely and responds to feedback appropriately.
- ________ always looks for ways to be helpful in the classroom.
- ________ is dependable and reliable, follows directions effectively, and follows through on his/her commitments to him/herself and others.
- ________ is thoughtful, insightful and thorough in written and verbal communication, and has a talent for expressing his/her ideas clearly.
- ________ works well with classmates in group work and often takes a leadership role.
- ________ shows a positive attitude with classmates in group projects and activities, and both takes and gives suggestions and directions effectively.
- ________ shows maturity when solving problems with classmates and uses good communication.
- ________ excels at applying what he/she learns in the classroom to real-world and real-life situations.
- It has been a pleasure to have _______'s enthusiasm, positivity and maturity in my class.
- ________ is an enthusiastic member of the class and shows a willingness to learn.
- ________ shows responsible behavior, works well with a group and shows appreciation for the efforts of classmates.
- ________ is focused during classroom activities and willingly participated in class discussions.
- ________ performs independent work with confidence and focus.
- ________ works independently and takes pride in work done well.
- ________ is focused in class and willingly participates in group discussion.
- ________ is very conscientious and shows excellent effort and care with daily work.
- ________ demonstrates a willing and conscientious effort in his/her daily work.
- ________ shows a conscientious effort to learn.
- ________ has done a great job facing and overcoming big challenges this year. Please continue to nurture and encourage this behavior over the summer.
- ________ shows responsibility and follows directions whenever they are given.
- ________ listens to and follows directions precisely and attentively.
- ________ follows directions promptly and accurately.
- ________ is an active participant in class.
- ________ is a hard worker who calmly perseveres through challenging topics.
- ________ is encouraged to demonstrate more responsible attitudes and behavior in the classroom.
- ________ needs to show more appropriate behavior when interacting with classmates.
- ________ needs to pay attention to the use of appropriate language at all times
- ________ requires encouragement to listen attentively during group sharing times.
- ________ needs to listen to directions more attentively during lessons.
- ________ would benefit from showing a greater desire to contribute ideas in class.
- ________ needs frequent reminders to be attentive during instructions and lessons.
- ________ needs to improve his/her cooperation in group settings. He/she should work on voicing feelings and opinions and listening to others.
- ________ needs to improve his/her work with others. He/she must ensure to accept a share of the work when participating in a group assignment.
- ________ needs to improve on working independently and be sure to ask for assistance only when it is needed.
- ________ often struggles to focus in class, which harms his/her ability to engage well with class activities and assignments.
- ________ is encouraged to use time wisely to finish tasks in the time required.
- ________ is encouraged to be more responsible in completing tasks without needing regular reminders.
- ________ needs to show by the quality of work and use of class time that he/she is properly engaged in the learning process.
- ________ consistently needs reminders to focus on time management.
- ________ needs to follow classroom rules more closely throughout the school day.
Math (general comments)
- ________ is having considerable difficulty with math. I recommend he/she work on studying ________ and ________. This extra practice will help him/her feel more relaxed when doing math in the classroom. Please contact me if you need materials to get him/her started.
- ________ has a good understanding of all math concepts taught so far this year. He/she continues to turn in excellent assignments and especially enjoys hands-on math activities.
- ________ has a positive attitude towards math but continues to have trouble in a few key areas. He should practice every evening at home. Areas that need extra attention are ________ and ________ .
- ________ demonstrates a good understanding of all math concepts studied and communicates with clarity and good justification of reasoning.
- ________ needs to work on increasing his/her speed in math facts. He/she should continue with daily practice with a focus on addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
- ________ seems to need continuous encouragement in math. He/she continues to struggle with basic math concepts for his/her grade level.
- ________ is having a difficult time in certain areas of math. Areas in need of extra work are ________ . Working on these problem areas every night would help improve his/her learning outcomes.
- ________ is struggling to keep up in math. He/she could benefit from practicing the multiplication table and should also continue to practice the long division process.
- ________ is easily distracted during math lessons and behavioral issues are interfering with his/her learning. We will be working on more difficult subjects and he/she will struggle if he/she does not pay attention in class.
- ________ is having trouble with math tests. He/she does well on assignments, but does not seem to retain information for tests. I always give a week’s notice before tests, so please be sure ________ studies and adequately prepares for them as they approach.
- ________ is able to calculate addition and subtraction facts to 18 with confidence and accuracy.
- ________ is becoming more able to calculate addition and subtraction facts to 18 with confidence and accuracy.
- ________ requires more time and practice in calculating addition and subtraction facts to 18
- ________ needs to put more effort into learning to calculate addition and subtraction facts to 18.
- ________ is able to skip count forward and backward by twos, fives, tens, and hundreds to complete short patterns.
- ________ is learning to skip count forward and backward by twos, fives, tens, and hundreds to complete short patterns.
- ________ needs practice with skip counting forward and backward by twos, fives, tens, and hundreds to complete short patterns.
- ________ needs considerable practice with skip counting forward and backward by twos, fives, tens, and hundreds to complete short patterns.
- ________ is able to demonstrate place value concepts to give meaning to numbers from zero to 1000, identifying ones, tens, and hundreds.
- ________ is developing an understanding of place value concepts to give meaning to numbers zero to identifying ones, tens, and hundreds.
- ________ requires more time and practice to demonstrate place value concepts to give meaning to numbers 0 to 1000, identifying ones, tens, and 100s.
- ________ is able to compare numbers to 1000 using terms such as greater or less and greatest or least.
- ________ is learning to compare numbers to 1000 using terms such as greater or less and greatest or least.
- ________ requires support to compare numbers to 1000 using terms such as greater or less and greatest or least.
- ________ demonstrates a limited understanding in comparing numbers to 1000 using terms such as greater or less and greatest or least.
- ________ can demonstrate and explain the process of addition of whole numbers up to 100, with and without regrouping.
- ________ requires ongoing support to demonstrate and explain the process of addition of whole numbers up to 100 with and without regrouping.
- ________ requires considerable attention and individual instruction to demonstrate and explain the process of addition of whole numbers up to 100 with and without regrouping.
Word problems (math)
- ________ is able to complete word problems using one- and two-digit addition, showing his/her work and writing a full sentence answer.
- ________ is becoming more confident in his/her ability to complete word problems using one- and two-digit addition, showing his/her work and writing a full sentence answer.
As we move into language and literacy, the following sections include starter report card comments which cover reading, writing, oral communication and critical thinking skills.
Language arts (general)
- ________ ’s (comprehension, spelling, reading) has greatly improved, but he/she still needs extra work in (comprehension, spelling, reading). Please contact me if you need supplemental learning materials to use at home for practice.
- ________ is conscious of putting care into his/her daily writing work, and frequently goes beyond the minimum requirements for assignments.
- ________ has trouble with his handwriting. I believe he/she can form letters well, but has to slow down and take a little more time. Neater handwriting will improve his/her schoolwork overall.
- ________ makes a good effort to make his/her handwriting legible. He/she is able to print on the lines, use good spacing, and form letters correctly.
- ________ needs to focus on her spelling. More improvement is needed in the areas of (dictation, weekly spelling tests, sentence structure). Daily practice at home will help improve his/her results.
- ________ shows the ability to quickly use spelling, punctuation and grammar rules that were recently taught. He/she is able to quickly learn new skills and is eager to apply them to his/her writing.
- ________ is having considerable difficulty with reading, particularly with fluency and comprehension.
- ________ speaks well in front of the class, but requires improvement in written language. He/she is having trouble with (dictation, copying words correctly, story writing, creating logical sequences). Further practice is needed in this area.
- ________ continues to make excellent progress in spelling and reading. He/she works hard to submit work that is free of grammatical errors.
- ________ has difficulty remembering previously discussed writing skills and often makes errors with punctuation, grammar, and overall sentence structure. Basic writing skills need improvement.
- ________ is able to offer direct responses to his/her readings and supports ideas with sound reasoning and specific examples.
- ________ is learning to offer more direct responses to her reading experiences supported by reasons, examples, and details.
- ________ needs frequent support to offer direct responses to his/her reading experiences supported by reasons, examples, and details.
- ________ shows good ability when completing reading comprehension tests.
- ________ would benefit from extra practice with reading aloud and discussion of content.
- ________ consistently demonstrates comprehension of short spoken texts by answering questions, and explaining the events described.
- ________ consistently reads grade-level material independently.
- ________ uses good editing skills and correctly places capitals, quotation marks, question marks, apostrophes, commas, and periods.
- ________ is doing a good job of breaking a story into paragraphs
- ________ determines various forms of writing and identifies important ideas through the development of insightful questions and answers.
- ________ is able to analyze character actions, story plots, and shows strong fluency with reading.
- ________ uses correct spelling, grammar and punctuation when writing simple sentences.
- ________ is encouraged to show increased attention to the use of correct spelling, grammar and punctuation with general writing skills.
- ________ needs more time and practice in the use of correct spelling, grammar and punctuation with general writing skills.
- ________ requires considerable assistance to achieve the correct spelling, grammar and punctuation when writing simple sentences.
- ________ shows an excellent understanding of note taking from lectures and readings in preparation for tests and assignments.
- ________ requires ongoing support to develop an understanding of note taking from lectures and readings in preparation for tests.
- ________ was very engaged and focused during distance learning activities, and participated in class discussions.
- ________ stayed motivated to complete assignments during distance learning, and turned in all required materials on time.
- ________ needed some extra prompting to stay engaged during online lessons, but participated well in discussions when called upon.
- ________ modeled good online learning behavior for other students.
- ________ was disruptive during online learning and did not meaningfully participate in class discussions.
- ________ handled technical problems well and was always prepared.
- Although he/she couldn’t always access a device, _________ consistently completed online assignments and asked thoughtful questions.
- ________ should ask more questions during online discussions to avoid confusion later.
- ________’s attendance during online lessons was infrequent and assignments were not always completed.
- ________ worked well independently and in a group setting during distance learning activities.
- ________ is excellent at completing distance learning activities independently, but struggled to engage with his/her classmates during breakout sessions or class discussions.
- ________ is a technology superstar! He/she rarely needed assistance and even helped other classmates troubleshoot issues.
- ________ asks good questions and always reaches out proactively when he/she needs help with an assignment or lesson.
Tips for teachers to write more effective student report card comments
1. give yourself extra time and start writing comments early.
Somewhere around the halfway point to your deadline for report cards, you make your best effort to use time at the end of each week to reflect — and jot down notes — about your students’ performance and class week.
What are their strengths and weaknesses? How are their social skills developing with classmates? How is their class participation - are they an enthusiastic learner? Have they shown great improvement in one particular subject area? Are homework assignments getting done? Have any new challenges come up that affect learning?
Even just a few minutes of note-taking in the weeks preceding report card deadlines will help to ease your stress when the time comes to write your final comments.
Moreover, having a dated log of information detailed throughout the school year will help you remember how students are performing throughout each week, which can be valuable information come parent-teacher conference time.
This will also help to engage and reassure parents who want relevant and detailed commentary about their child’s performance at school.
2. Use free, curriculum-aligned apps for teachers
Use Prodigy to write insightful report cards with a minimum of hassle. Prodigy Math is an engaging math adventure for students where success depends on correctly answering adaptive math questions.
As students play, you’ll get insights into:
- Which skills students are practicing
- How far they’ve progressed through the curriculum
- What they’ve mastered and where they need more support
Use one of Prodigy’s eight reports to track student progress throughout the year. When the time comes to write report card comments, you’ll have detailed reports on all your students’ achievements.
Just getting started with Prodigy? No problem! The first time students explore the world of Prodigy Math, they’ll start completing the Placement Test — without even knowing. Once they’re done, you’ll have a snapshot of the grade level they’re at, what they know and specific skills they still need to work on.
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3. Be encouraging, informational and professional
Although every report card cannot be glowingly positive, do strive to write in an encouraging and informational tone. As you write constructive report card comments, use encouraging language that focuses on the student’s opportunity for improvement.
For example, instead of describing a student struggling with listening as a “bad listener,” remark that the student “would benefit from listening more carefully.”
If appropriate, frame a negative comment in terms of what students are doing well -- and consider how this more successful characteristic can help them bolster performance in other areas.
4. Use a consistent format
Lead your report card comments with the positive comments, followed by areas that need more attention.
Choosing the right format for reporting information will simplify the entire process, while resulting in a clearer and more organized final product.
If you are unclear about your school’s format for report cards, request samples or consult with other teachers or staff members to clarify.
5. Be honest
Being open and honest about a student’s performance requires tact and consideration with regard to how you express those comments. Be transparent, and remain mindful that your goal is to improve your students’ learning experience.
Openness and honesty are key to ensuring that experience is the best it can be. If possible, discuss what intervention strategies you can use to help improve the student’s learning outcomes.
As elementary teacher Donna Donaghue remarks in her book A Guide for Beginning Elementary Teachers: Getting Hired and Staying Inspired :
If there is a problem, most parents will be grateful to you for telling them and will want to help you correct it as soon as possible. Many problems that show up at school are also problems noticed at home, so your comments will not surprise parents. Ideally, at some point prior to receiving the progress report, parents have already discussed the problem with you.
6. Move on if you get stuck
If you get stuck completing the comments for a particular student, move on to your other students and return to it later. You will likely have more trouble completing comments for students who have multiple areas needing further improvement and attention.
Feel free to move on and return to those students periodically or as you find the right language to express your insights.
7. Keep parents and guardians in mind
While every report card comment is ultimately about your student, think of your students’ parents or guardians as much as possible and offer suggestions for their participation.
In fact, if you can, keep parents up to date on an ongoing basis. This will help ensure they don't get caught off guard by any of your comments.
As you make note of your students’ strengths and weaknesses, endeavor to include practical insights into how parents can involve and support their child at home. If possible, make reference to how you use differentiated instruction to support the student in question.
Simple examples of tips for parents include:
- "Encourage your child to read. It doesn't have to be on your own either. Dedicating time before bed to read together can help make it seem like less of a chore."
- "Find homework help for your child if needed. Myself and other parents who are also getting homework help for their child are great resources to get started."
- "Ensure that your child completes their homework by creating a homework routine with your family where incentives like TV or computer time come after homework."
- "Help your child with organization skills at home. If a room in your house could be tidier, try using that as an opportunity to sort things like toys or dishes and utensils."
- "Help your child prepare for math tests by focusing their skills in addition and subtraction. If they don't like studying with traditional worksheets, try a digital game-based learning tool to help get them excited about the process."
As high school educator and teaching comprehension expert Anne Goudvis writes in her book Strategies That Work:
It is important that you include the parents in your comment so they know the child’s education is a joint mission. Sometimes you need to sound firm so that parents know you need their help and that you will not allow their child to continue inappropriate behavior.
8. Try not to repeat yourself
It is unlikely that your students or parents will compare their report card comments, but it is still a best practice to aim for unique commentary for each student that reflects each, individual learning outcome.
9. Proofread, even if you don’t want to
Report card time is perhaps your busiest period of the year, and it is understandable that you want to simply get them over with.
Despite this, you should make sure to double check all your comments before hitting print and handing them out. All your communications to parents are a reflection of you as a teacher, and should mirror the care and attention you show your students in class.
10. Notify parents
Make use of your school’s parent portal or email system to let parents know — as needed — that report card time is coming up.
This will help parents be prepared, and will also ensure that any important questions they may have are addressed before the final report cards are delivered.
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If you're using Prodigy Math in your classroom, you can connect parents to follow their child's progress. A free parent account comes with a monthly report card and insights into classroom learning, helping them stay informed of how their child is doing in class. They can also send their child an encouraging message to cheer their child on as they play and practice skills in Prodigy!
11. Use specific examples with the help of direct observation
Record and use classroom anecdotes in your assessments. No matter how involved you are in your students’ progress, it can still be difficult to produce specific examples related to their performance if you haven’t recorded them along the way.
When you notice a positive or negative skill, ability, strength, or weakness in a class activity or assignment, be sure to note it down so that you may refer to it in your report card comments. Likewise, consider noting a sample of a student’s work every week or two.
To help with ease of access, keep ongoing files of this work in a personal folder or use a digital tool such as a Google Doc.
Putting this into practice is a time-saver and helps prevent last-minute stress. A strategy like direct observation and note-taking (as soon as possible) is far more reliable than trying to recall information and behaviors from weeks or months prior.
12. Try using tech to help
Writer's block happens to all of us, including teachers. If the report card comments in this article didn't help, fear not, there are still plenty of tools and resources to give you a helping hand.
One new option for teachers is using artificial intelligence (AI) to assist with report card ideas. For example, teachers can use tools like ChatGPT to generate examples for their specific needs.
When using chat technology, try to keep your prompt concise and easy to follow. A good template prompt to follow is:
"Write [number] report card comments for students studying [subject] in [grade]."
Here are some more specific examples to help get you started:
- Write 50 report card comments for students studying social studies in 5th grade.
- Generate 20 report card remarks commending a student for a positive attitude to learning.
- Create 10 report card comments that focus on a student needing to improve their attitude to learning.
Alternatively, you can use spreadsheets and report card builders to manually piece together a report card based on a template of comments.
Important tip: When using AI chat technology, make sure you don't submit any personal details about you or your students. Instead let the tool use a placeholder like "Student".
Key considerations for report card comments at the end of the year
Report card comments should aim to deliver feedback to students and parents that is personalized, detailed, and meaningful .
Writing report card comments doesn’t have to be stressful. Use these strategies to create livelier, more meaningful evaluations.
Effective report card comments emphasize and discuss:
- The specific, notable strengths that a student has shown and should attempt to continue to show
- The specific elements of knowledge, skills, and other outcomes recognized in the curriculum that are the most pertinent to a student’s achievement or development in the period of assessment
- The major next steps for improvement that will: identify the student’s most important learning needs, offer next steps for students and offer specific recommendations for how parents and guardians can help the student’s learning habits and skills (or the development of those habits and skills)
Effective report card comments are personalized – customized to each, individual student – and discuss:
- The student’s learning preferences, willingness to learn, and interests
- Detailed evidence of learning or skill-development gathered from in-class observations, and/or student assignments
Effective report card comments are expressed with clear and simple phrasing, using:
- An encouraging and/or positive tone
- Language that is easy to understand for both students and parents, as opposed to educational jargon used from the curriculum
Report Card Comments: Final Thoughts
Common Sense Education observes that "effective parent communication is crucial in helping students learn. But, for busy teachers it can be challenging just to keep up... Transparency and equity are key to managing any communication between home and school."
Personalized report card comments that are clear, precise, and meaningful are essential for informing students and their parents about what students have learned, what their strengths are and how they can effectively progress.
Among the pressure and deadlines of writing report cards, it can be helpful to keep these key goals in mind.
Get inspired by the report card comment examples — and strategies for success — above to ensure that precision, clarity, and meaning shine through in your report card comments.
When it comes time to hand out your report cards, you can do so with the full confidence that you are doing yourself — and each of your students — the justice your hard work deserves.
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150 Positive Comments for Student Papers
August 31, 2023 // by Maria Van Norman
Teaching is often a time-consuming job, especially for a teacher who must grade papers. It often feels daunting when staring at that stack of papers and wondering how writing constructive feedback on each one is feasible.
However, a teacher knows that even when she is tired, as she grades paper after paper, it is extremely important to give the students constructive comments on their work. The feedback for students is what helps students learn.
The positive feedback outweighs the negative feedback as well, so make it a common strategy to give positive feedback on students’ papers. It is a tremendous opportunity for students to grow.
1. I never thought of it this way. Great job analyzing!
2. What an amazing sentence!
3. This is a wonderful thesis! Good job!
4. I can tell you worked really hard on this!
5. This thesis statement is superb!
6. Wow, this is some of your best work yet!
7. Way to stay focused! I’m proud of you!
8. This is an excellent analytical paper!
9. I can tell you are motivated! I love it!
10. I feel privileged to have gotten to read this work! Great effective paper!
11. Your enthusiasm shows! Wonderful job!
12. This is not just a sheet of paper. It’s wonderful work!
13. This is one of the more superior papers I have read!
14. I really love how creative you get with your descriptions!
15. Out of this world!
16. There is so much to be proud of with your paper assignment!
17. This part made me smile!
18. You are a star!
19. Clever argument!
20. You worked hard; I can tell!
21. What brilliant thinking!
22. Terrific persuasive argument!
23. You have learned so much and it shows!
24. You rocked this essay!
25. I can tell you did your best!
26. You are so smart!
27. What a powerful argument! Keep up the good work!
28. You should be proud of this work!
29. You have made great progress!
30. Your handwriting is just lovely!
31. This is a great example! Good job!
32. I love your thoughts here!
33. I’m very impressed!
34. You have a sophisticated argument! Awesome job!
35. You are artistic and creative!
36. I love your attention to detail!
37. This is a very powerful sentence!
38. You show great promise!
39. What a terrific learner you are!
40. The sentence structure you used here is brilliant!
41. Your skills are stellar!
42. This hypothesis is amazing! I can’t wait to see where you take it!
43. I knew you could do it!
44. Every single sentence in this paper is wonderful!
45. You have a lot of fabulous ideas in this paper!
46. It doesn’t surprise me a bit that I smiled throughout your whole paper!
47. Keep up the incredible work!
48. Way to grab the reader’s attention! Great job!
49. Your handwriting is so neat!
50. This part moved me!
51. You certainly made me open my mind even more! Wonderful job!
53. I see so much improvement in your work! I’m proud of you!
54. I like the way you tackled this assignment!
55. Very impressive!
56. You have very inventive ideas here
57. Smart thinking!
58. You were very clear, concise, and complete!
59. Phenomenal job!
60. This is well thought out and I enjoyed grading it!
61. You outdid yourself with this assignment!
62. What a wonderful assignment!
63. Your work has flair!
64. Such a wonderful perspective on this topic!
65. This is clever!
66. I can tell you had fun with this assignment!
67. You rock!
68. This is stellar work!
69. Your use of this example moves your argument forward!
70. Your algebra is on fire!
71. This is a great metaphor!
72. Nice idea!
73. This is great work!
74. You did it!
75. I knew you could do it!
76. You went above and beyond here! I’m impressed!
79. You did a tremendous job!
80. This paragraph is brilliant!
81. Your science experiment was awesome!
82. Your artwork is exquisite!
83. What an excellent point!
84. Great job making connections here!
85. This sentence is excellent!
86. You chose a great quote!
87. This is a powerful point! Great job!
88. Your argument is very focused and solid!
89. Terrific explanation!
90. I love how you connected these ideas!
91. You are so smart!
93. Great stuff!
94. I love this! It made me laugh!
95. Outstanding work!
96. These are amazing ideas!
97. What an amazing way of thinking! Great job!
98. You made me think here! Good job!
99. A wonderful way to present this information!
100. You are showing exceptional understanding!
101. You are an awesome writer!
102. I love reading your essays!
103. You have shown incredible growth!
104. Your work is so neat! Great job!
105. This sentence is right on target!
106. You have an excellent idea here!
107. I can tell you’ve been practicing!
108. You are very preceptive!
109. This sentence is beautifully written!
110. I love your vivid word choice!
111. The way you express your ideas is wonderful!
112. You are quite gifted!
113. You show outstanding attention to detail!
114. You are a superstar!
115. I can tell that you did your best! Way to go!
116. You are very talented!
117. This paragraph is simply tremendous!
118. I appreciate how hard you worked on this assignment!
119. You made me so proud with your examples!
120. You are unstoppable!
121. This sentence sparkles!
122. This is one of the best essays I’ve read!
123. You have exceptional potential!
124. I’m giving you a high-five for this essay!
125. This sentence blew me away!
126. You did quality work! Great job!
127. This is a terrific piece of evidence for your argument!
128. No grammatical errors in this paragraph! I’m so proud!
129. You are an amazing writer!
130. Your organized paragraphs make me very proud!
131. You’ve shown creative problem solving here!
132. Superb word choice in this sentence!
133. What a critical piece to your argument! Great job!
134. You’ve reached your goal! Be proud of yourself!
135. This essay may be your best work yet!
136. Tremendous use of sentence syntax to prove your point!
137. You amaze me with your attention to detail!
138. Great writing!
139. Profound statement!
140. Brilliantly worded!
141. You prove that you can do hard things! Good work!
142. The connections you have made to the real world are stellar!
143. Way to tackle a tough topic! I’m proud of you!
144. Your talent shines through!
145. Terrific answer!
146. Your similes are sensational!
147. You are very intelligent!
148. I love your clarity in this paragraph!
149. This paper really shines!
150. You make me want to learn more about this topic!
Teachers hold a piece of their student’s future in their hands. The responsibility is great. Therefore, even when wanting to mark up all of the errors on a paper, remember to add the positive comments as well. Make sure that students can grow and not feel defeated or frustrated. By including positive comments on students’ papers, students’ spirits will soar in ways you can not even imagine.
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Report Card Comments & Phrases—Work Habits
Report card comments.
As I have explained in my previous reports, ________ does not use his/her time wisely in class. Please help him/her to understand that we study in class and play at only certain times in school.
When _______ is able to settle down, he/she does much better work. However, he/she is often seeking the attention of his/her classmates, which causes distraction for everyone.
As we have discussed in previous meetings, __________ must continue to improve his/her study habits. We need to encourage him/her to be much more serious about the work he does.
_______ loves artistic activities. However, I am concerned about the amount of time he/she spends drawing when he/she has other work to do. Can we please meet to discuss strategies to help _________ correct this issue?
________ is doing grade-level work at this time. However, I am sure he is capable of turning in better work. When he improves his concentration abilities, I know the work will improve.
_______ misuses much of his work time daydreaming and then does not complete the work in time. He is capable of finishing the work in the allotted time and needs to start doing so.
________ has been doing good work at times, but it is not consistent. She can be very social and restless and often does not finish his/her work on time. Thank you for your help at home. Please continue to work with him/her on this issue.
________ is very anxious to get his/her work done, yet he/she tends to be bothersome to other students around him/her. Although he/she has shown progress in this area over the past month, he/she still needs to work on it.
_______ is having difficulty because he frequently talks out loud and disturbs the other students. He is trying to improve this bad habit and has shown some growth in the past few weeks.
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______ works well in groups, planning and carrying out activities.
______ needs to work democratically with others in groups.
______ needs to develop a better sense of responsibility.
______ wants responsibilities and follows through.
______ now accepts responsibility well.
______ is an attentive student.
______ is gaining self-confidence.
______'s work habits are improving.
______ has the ability to follow directions.
______ requires incentives.
______'s assignments and/or homework are incomplete and/or late.
______ needs to pay attention in class.
______ needs better study skills.
Please encourage him/her to do things on his/her own.
______ is learning to listen to directions more carefully.
______ is learning to be a better listener.
______ is learning to share and listen.
______ listens carefully.
______ is a good worker and an attentive listener.
______ evaluates what he/she hears.
______ needs to listen to all directions.
______ has difficulty following directions.
______'s hand work is beautifully done.
______ enjoys doing neat, careful work.
______'s work is neatly and accurately done.
______ does colorful and interesting art work.
______ takes pride in work well done.
______ makes careless errors.
______ is disorganized.
______ needs to proofread work.
______ is learning to occupy his time constructively.
______ always uses his/her time wisely.
______ never completes assignments in the allotted time.
______ is becoming more dependable during work periods.
______ is gaining independence.
______ is becoming more self-reliant.
______ works independently on assignments.
______ fails to finish independent assignments.
______ comprehends well, but needs to work more quickly.
______ needs to be urged.
______ lacks independence.
______ is too easily distracted.
______ works too slowly.
______ does not complete assignments in the allotted time.
______ seems unable to finish required work.
______ often completes work early.
______ is not very appreciative of the value of time.
______ is sacrificing accuracy for unnecessary speed in his written work.
______ has great potential and works toward achieving it.
______ is working to full capability.
______ is a steadfast, conscientious worker.
______ is enthusiastic about work in general.
______ seeks information.
______ is a hard-working student.
______ is extremely conscientious.
______ is a pleasant, conscientious student.
______ is a hard worker.
______ is an enthusiastic worker during the ____ period.
______ is a polite and conscientious pupil.
______ must improve work habits if he is to gain the fundamentals needed for ___ grade work.
______ is inconsistent in his/her efforts, especially in _______.
______ makes little effort when not under direct supervision.
______ is anxious to please.
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Writing Comments on Student Work
Your written comments on students’ work should be used to help them understand the strengths and weaknesses of their work, and to make clear how their work has or has not achieved the goals and standards set in the class. Here are some suggestions on how to make your comments meaningful to students. For more detailed advice about writing comments on papers, see Commenting on Student Papers .
- Think about the sorts of comments that you find helpful and unhelpful. For example, avoid one-word comments such as “good,” “unclear,” or “awkward.” If you think that something is good, unclear, or awkward you should explain in concrete terms why you think so (“You develop the implications very effectively here”) or propose an alternative (“Did you mean x ?”).
- Think about the extent to which you want to comment on each aspect of the assignment. For example, how important are punctuation and spelling? Is it enough to have one or two comments on grammar or syntax, or would more extensive comments be appropriate?
- Don’t overwhelm the student with a lot of different comments. Approximately one to three comments per page will be enough. Focus on a couple of major points rather than comment on everything.
- Write specific comments in the margin and more general comments at the end of the assignment. General comments give the students an overall sense of what went right or wrong and how they might improve their work in the future. Specific comments identify particular parts of the assignment that are right or wrong and explain why.
- What has been omitted from the paper or exam response is as important as what has been included. Ask questions to point out something that’s missing or to suggest improvements. Try to give the students a good overall sense of how they might improve their work.
- Don’t comment exclusively on weaknesses. Identify strengths and explain them. This helps students know their progress, and helps them build their skills. Write as many comments on good work as on bad work. In addition to commenting on things the student does well, think about how the student might work to improve his or her writing even further.
- Write legibly or type your comments.
- Don’t be sarcastic or make jokes. What seems funny to you may be hurtful to students and not provide the guidance they need for improvement.
- Discuss difficult cases with other GSIs or the instructor in charge.
- Keep a record of common problems and interesting ideas to discuss in class.
- Make sure you have adequately explained the reason for the grade.
Questions to Ask Yourself When Writing Comments
- What are the strengths in this piece of work? What are the weaknesses? What stands out as memorable or interesting?
- Does the work have a clear thesis or main point, either explicit or implicit? Is it clear what point the author is trying to make and why? Are the main points and ideas clear? Are they specific enough? Are they clearly related to the assignment?
- Does the author provide sufficient evidence or argumentative support?
- Is the writing clear, concise, coherent, and easy and interesting to read? Are the grammar and syntax acceptable? Is the writing style appropriate? Does the author understand all of the words and phrases that they are using?
- Does the work have a clear, logical structure? Are the transitions clear? Is there one main point per paragraph?
- Are the factual claims correct?
- Does the author provide the appropriate citations and bibliographical references?
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Commenting on Student Writing
Instructors who require their students to write papers dedicate many hours each semester to reading, commenting on, and grading student writing, and they often wonder if the time they have spent translates into improvements in their students’ writing skills. For their part, students want constructive feedback on their writing and often express frustration when they find their instructors’ comments on their papers to be mysterious, confusing, or simply too brief.
Tips to improve and help you respond to your students’ writing:
These tips focus on the process of writing comments on students’ papers (whether on rough drafts or final drafts), rather than on the process of grading papers. Grading and commenting on papers are certainly interconnected processes. However, while instructors often think of writing comments on papers as simply a means to justify grades, that purpose should be secondary to helping your students improve their writing skills.
These tips are organized into four categories:
Writing comments in the margins, writing final comments, what else can you do.
Before the course begins, think about what kind of writing you will assign, and how you will respond to that writing.
- Design each writing assignment so that it has a clear purpose connected to the learning objectives for the course. Craft each assignment as an opportunity for students to practice and master writing skills that are central to their success in the course and to academic achievement in your discipline. For example, if you want them to learn how to summarize and respond to primary literature or to present and support an argument, design assignments that explicitly require the skills that are necessary to accomplish these objectives.
- Sequence your writing assignments to help students acquire skills incrementally, beginning with shorter, simpler writing assignments to longer, more complex papers. You might also find it helpful to develop a sequence for writing comments. In other words, decide ahead of time which aspects of the writing you will focus on with each assignment. For example, you may decide to focus your comments on the first assignment on the writing of the thesis statement, then focus comments on later papers on the success with which the students deal with counter-arguments. Sequencing your comments can help make the commenting process more efficient. However, it is essential to communicate to students before they turn in their papers which aspects of the writing you are going to focus on in your feedback at which points in the semester (and why).
- Develop and communicate clear grading criteria for each writing assignment. These criteria will help you be as consistent and fair as possible when evaluating a group of student papers. Developing and using criteria is especially important when co-teaching a course or when asking TAs to grade papers for the course. Distribute the grading criteria to students (or post the criteria on the course Web site) so that they will know how you will evaluate their work. While there are shared criteria for “good writing” that apply across academic disciplines, each discipline also has certain standards and conventions that shape writing in the discipline. Do not expect that students will come into your class knowing how to write the kind of paper you will ask them to write. For example, a student who has learned how to write an excellent analytical paper in a literature course may not know how to write the kind of paper that is typically required for a history course. Give students a written list of discipline-specific standards and conventions, and explain these in class. Provide examples of the kind of writing they will need to produce in your course.
- Develop a process for writing comments that will give students a clear idea of whether they have or have not achieved the course’s learning objectives (and with what degree of success). Students should be able to see a clear correlation among 1) written comments on a paper, 2) the grading criteria for the assignment, and 3) the learning objectives for the course. Thus, before you start reading and commenting on a stack of papers, remind yourself of the grading criteria, the learning objectives, and which aspects of the writing you want to focus on in your response.
- The first time you read through a paper, try to hold off on writing comments. Instead, take the time to read the paper in its entirety. If you need to take some notes, do so on another piece of paper. This strategy will prevent you from making over-hasty judgments, such as faulting a student for omitting evidence that actually appears later in the paper. (In such cases, it may be appropriate to tell the student that you expected that evidence to be presented earlier–and the reason why). While you may expect this strategy to take more time, it can actually save you time by allowing you to focus your feedback on the most important strengths and weaknesses you want to bring to the writers’ attention (see “Writing Final Comments,” below).
- Respond as a reader, not as a writer. Do not tell students how YOU would write the paper. Instead, tell them how you are responding to each part of the paper as you read it, pointing out gaps in logic or support and noting confusing language where it occurs. For example, if a sentence jumps abruptly to a new topic, do not rewrite the sentence to provide a clear transition or tell the student how to rewrite it. Instead, simply write a note in the margin to indicate the problem, then prompt the student to come up with a solution. This strategy is especially important to follow when a student asks you to respond to a draft before the final paper is due; in this case, your aim should be to help the student identify weaknesses that he or she should improve and NOT to do the student’s thinking and writing for them. Of course, in some instances, it is necessary and appropriate to give the student explicit directions, such as when she or he seems to have missed something important about the assignment, misread a source, left out an essential piece of evidence, or failed to cite a source correctly.
- Ask questions to help students revise and improve. One way to ensure that your comments are not overly directive is to write questions in the margins, rather than instructions. For the most part, these questions should be “open” rather than “closed” (having only one correct answer.) Open questions can be a very effective way to prompt students to think more deeply about the topic, to provide needed evidence, or to clarify language. For ideas on how to phrase open questions, see Asking Questions to Improve Learning.
- Resist the temptation to edit. Instead, mark a few examples of repeated errors and direct students to attend to those errors. Simply put, if you correct your students’ writing at the sentence level, they will not learn how to do so themselves, and you will continue to see the same errors in paper after paper. Moreover, when you mark all mechanical errors, you may overwhelm your students with so many marks that they will have trouble determining what to focus on when writing the next draft or paper.
- Be specific. Comments in the margin such as “vague,” “confusing,” and “good” do not help students improve their writing. In fact, many students find these comments “vague” and “confusing”–and sometimes abrupt or harsh. Taking a little more time to write longer, and perhaps fewer, comments in the margin will help you identify for students exactly what they have done well or poorly. Information about both is crucial for helping them improve their writing.
Here are some examples of specific comments:
Rather than “vague”
- “Which research finding are you referring to here?”
- “I don’t understand your use of the underlined phrase. Can you rewrite this sentence?”
- “Can you provide specific details to show what you mean here?”
Instead of “ confusing ,” “ what? ” or “ ??? ”
- “I lost the thread of your argument. Why is this information important? How is it related to your argument?”
- “You imply that this point supports your argument, but it actually contradicts your point in paragraph 3.”
Rather than “ good ”
- “This excellent example moves your argument forward.”
- “Wonderful transition that helped clarify the connection between the two studies you are summarizing.”
- “An apt metaphor that helped me understand your argument about this historical metaphor.”
- Begin by making positive comments; when pointing out weaknesses, use a descriptive tone, rather than one that conveys disappointment or frustration. Give an honest assessment, but do not overwhelm the writer with an overly harsh or negative reaction. For example, do not assume or suggest that if a paper is not well written, the writer did not devote a lot of time to the assignment. The writer may have in fact struggled through several drafts. Keep in mind that confusing language or a lack of organized paragraphs may be evidence not of a lack of effort, but rather of confused thinking. The writer may therefore benefit from a few, targeted questions or comments that help them clarify their thinking.
- Limit your comments; do not try to cover everything. Focus on the 3-4 most important aspects of the paper. Provide a brief summary of 1) what you understood from the paper and 2) any difficulties you encountered. Make sure that whatever you write addresses the grading criteria for the assignment, but also try to tailor your comments to the specific strengths and weaknesses shown by the individual student. While you may think that writing lots of comments will convey your interest in helping the student improve, students–like all writers–can be overwhelmed by copious written comments on their work. They may therefore have trouble absorbing all the comments you have written, let alone trying to use those comments to improve their writing on the next draft or paper.
- Distinguish “higher-order” from “lower-order” issues. Typically, “higher-order” concerns include such aspects as the thesis and major supporting points, while “lower-order” concerns are grammatical or mechanical aspects of the writing. Whatever you see as “higher” in importance than other aspects should be clear in your grading criteria. Whatever you decide, write your comments in a way that will help students know which aspects of their writing they should focus on FIRST as they revise a paper or write the next paper. For example, if a paper lacks an argument or a main point in an assignment in which either an argument or main point is essential (as is usually the case), address that issue first in your comments before you note any grammatical errors that the student should attend to.
- Refer students back to comments you wrote in the margins. For example, you might comment, “Your argument loses focus in the fourth paragraph (see my questions in margin).” You might also note a frequent pattern of mechanical error, then point them to a specific paragraph that contains that type of error.
- Model clear, concise writing. Before you write final comments, take a moment to gather and order your thoughts.
- Provide opportunities for revision. If you want students to improve their writing, give them an opportunity to apply what they have learned from your comments to a new, revised draft. Note: You should decide before the course begins whether you will allow students to revise their papers and, if so, when such revisions must be turned in (e.g., one week after papers handed back) and how you will grade the revision (e.g., average the grade of the revision with the grade earned on the original paper). If you decide not to allow students to revise papers, consider rewarding improvement from one paper to the next (e.g., the grade on the second paper is worth a greater percentage of the final course grade than the grade on the first paper).
- If students are struggling with their writing, suggest a meeting during office hours. Often, students who are struggling to write clearly are also struggling to clarify what they think about the course material. Ask questions that help them figure out what they think and how to put those thoughts into a well organized, effective paper.
- Recommend that students seek tutorial help at The Writing Center. At The Writing Center , students can meet with writing tutors who will read their papers and provide feedback. Writing Center tutors are trained to provide students with feedback on the clarity of their writing in a general way and will not necessarily be familiar with the criteria you are using to grade papers, unless you or the student have shared those criteria. However, seeking such feedback can be very helpful to students as they learn to write for academic audiences.
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75 Sample Report Card Comments (Plus a Printable Version!)
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Each progress report and report card provides an opportunity for you to give parents insight into their child’s performance beyond a letter or numerical grade for conduct or academics. Parents want to know how their child is doing, but they also want to know that you get their child. Report cards also help students understand what they are doing well … as well as areas where they could improve. The best way to get these points across is via meaningful comments. Need help? We’ve got 75 sample report card comments below that are sorted for students at every level: emerging, developing, proficient, and extending standards.
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Tips for report card comments
Before using the list below, it’s important to know that teacher comments should be accurate, specific, and personal. The comments below are structured to allow you to fill in the blank for a particular subject or behavior, and then expand the comment. Sometimes you might require an action like a meeting with the parent. Other times you may be encouraging the student to further accelerate their studies. Either way, these sample report card comments will establish the how that attaches to the what of any number or letter grade you are documenting.
Report card comments for students whose skills are emerging:
It’s often difficult to know the cause of why a student’s skills are still emerging. In these situations, parents can often help you get to the bottom of it. Be specific about areas of difficulty in these comments, and don’t be afraid to ask for a parent’s help. Here are some ideas:
- Your student could use some extra practice in [subject]. Please have them study [skill] for [time] each night.
- Your student hasn’t yet had the chance to master [specific skill]. Review sessions are available [time frame].
- Your student may need additional assistance with [skill/subject]. Completing classwork and homework is the first step to improving.
- Your student needs more practice with [specific skill]. Please check that they have completed their homework each evening.
- We will continue focusing on reinforcing your student’s positive efforts.
- Your student should put more effort into [subject area] to avoid incorrect or incomplete assignments.
- Your student would benefit from more active participation in small-group activities.
- This semester/trimester, I would like your student to work on …
Encouraging a phone call with parents:
There are some times when a child doesn’t turn in any work to be assessed. This situation is exceptionally difficult to handle with report card comments and should probably be mentioned ahead of time. Write something positive about the child’s personality while requesting a parent meeting or phone call. Some examples are:
- Your student is always respectful, but I am concerned about their work. When can we meet?
- Your child is inquisitive and engaged in class, but they have quite a bit of missing work. Please call me to discuss some strategies.
- Your child has a wonderful sense of humor/is helpful/is kind but fails to turn in their assignments. Let’s meet to come up with a plan to move forward.
- Let’s work on strategies that will help your student follow through on their assignments.
Discussing behavior problems:
Sometimes there are behavior problems attached to emerging students. Parents want to know how their child has behaved, even if they are not surprised by the behavior. Behavior can be even more difficult to write about than academics. Be careful to avoid personal attacks or statements that can make the parent or child feel judged. For difficult behaviors, stick to statistics and/or basic descriptions. Try things like:
- Your student struggles with [DESIRED behavior]. We will continue to work on this behavior at school.
- Your child struggles with [UNDESIRABLE behavior] and needs to focus on [DESIRED behavior].
- When your student is focused, they are a pleasure to have in class. Let’s meet to discuss strategies to keep them on track.
- Your student often struggles to focus in class, which harms their ability to engage well with class activities and assignments.
- Your student needs to slow down in order to produce quality/carefully done work.
- Your student needs to follow classroom rules more closely throughout the school day.
- Your student has exhibited [UNDESIRABLE behavior]. We will continue to reinforce appropriate behaviors.
- Your student exhibited [UNDESIRABLE behavior] [this many] times this quarter. Let’s work to reduce the incidence of this behavior to [goal] times.
Report card comments for students whose skills are developing:
For students who are still developing, focus on any improvement while also providing suggestions to keep the momentum going. Try these comments:
- Your student has come so far in [subject]! Focusing on [important skill] is the next step.
- Your student has made so much progress! They still struggle with [important skill], so that should be our next focus.
- Your child has done well but I am concerned that their lack of [listening/focus/motivation] has contributed to a lower grade than I know they could achieve.
- Let’s work on motivating your student to reach their potential.
- I would like to see your student pay closer attention to [subject/topic] in order to get a better grade.
- If your student works as hard on [important skill] as they have worked on [improved subject], then they will be caught up in no time!
- Your child is very engaged during whole-group [subject instruction] but struggles to work independently.
- Your student’s persistence is exemplary.
- When motivated, your child does well on class assignments. We need to extend that motivation further.
- Your child has improved significantly but still needs to slow down and check their work to make sure that all answers are correct.
- Your student is struggling to understand new concepts in [subject]. Paying closer attention to the assigned reading and class lecture would be beneficial.
- The hard work is paying off! Let’s keep it up when we start working on [next skill].
- Your child is enthusiastic but still doesn’t understand [topic]. Additional work on this topic would be incredibly helpful.
- Your child requests a great deal of adult assistance when completing school work. Let’s work on encouraging independent work.
Report card comments for students whose skills are proficient:
Let the parent know all the positives about their child and perhaps encourage students to dig just a little bit deeper.
- Your student comes to school each day prepared to work hard.
- I appreciate that your student does their best every single day.
- Your student is an enthusiastic member of the class and shows a willingness to learn.
- I enjoy how invested your child is in their learning.
- I appreciate your child’s dedication to their studies in my class.
- Not only is your student strong academically, but they are also a leader in the classroom.
- I appreciate that your student is always committed to doing their best.
- Your student understands the material well. Let’s find a way to help them shine.
- Your child has the potential to be at the top of the class.
- With a little more effort, your child could move up to the advanced group in [the subject where effort is lacking].
- Your child puts in great work in [preferred subject]! If they apply those skills to [non-preferred subject], there’s no stopping them.
- Your child excels at applying what they learn in the classroom to real-world and real-life situations. With a little more work, they could really go far!
Report card comments for students whose skills are extending:
Positive behaviors deserve just as much (if not more) attention as negative behaviors. These comments can be the most fun to write. Begin with a simple stem and then fill in the personal details that will make the parent smile. Example sentence starters are:
- Your child exhibits exceptional focus and diligence in their work.
- Your student is excellent at taking ownership of their learning.
- I appreciate that your child is committed to doing their best.
- Your student seeks new challenges.
- Your child has a fantastic work ethic.
- Your child exceeds expectations on a regular basis.
- Your student avoids careless errors through attention to detail.
- Your child sets high standards for themself and reaches them.
- Teaching your child is always an adventure! I love it when they …
- Your child conducts themself with maturity.
- Your child is able to focus and stays on task during independent work times.
- Your student uses instincts to deal with matters independently and in a positive way.
- I have enjoyed your child’s sense of humor in our classroom, as well as …
- Your child has an impressive understanding and knowledge about their interests.
Showcasing students as role models:
Students who excel at helping out others deserve to have their skills mentioned in comments!
- I appreciate that your child is a role model in the classroom.
- Your student is kind and helpful to everyone in the classroom.
- Your student relates well to classmates and is appreciative of different perspectives and experiences.
- It is a joy teaching your student! I can always count on them to …
- Your child makes the classroom a brighter place. They often …
- Your student’s conduct is exemplary. They …
- Your student works well with classmates and often takes a leadership role.
- Not only is your child a strong student, but they are also a wonderful human being.
- Your student displays good citizenship by assisting other students.
- Your child demonstrates responsibility daily by caring for the materials in our classroom carefully.
- Your child is exceptionally organized and takes care of their things.
- Your child is thoughtful and kind in their interactions with others.
- Your student plans and carries out group activities carefully.
- Your child is a very special student and one that I will never forget. I will miss them next year!
While all of these comments can supplement the grades on a report card, you don’t have to wait to use them. Sending notes home between progress reports and report cards with little comments like these can bolster the parent-teacher relationship. Write them in communication folders or on postcards for that extra school-home connection.
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223 Copy and Paste Final Report Card Comments
Hey, Teacher! Is it report writing time again?
Hopefully these comments for student report cards will come in helpful.
Copy and paste these report card comments for your students. It’ll save you time and heartache!
Read below for my full list of report card comment ideas:
Use a few positive comments to show the strengths of the student and how they’ve improved recently.
Positive Attitude to Learning
- Comes to class every day ready and willing to learn.
- Has an inquisitive and engaged mind.
- Is excited to tackle her tasks every day.
- Likes to come to school and learn with her friends.
- Has a positive attitude to self-development.
- Tends to come into the classroom with a big smile and an open mind.
- Sets herself very high standards and strives to meet them each and every day.
- Is consistently improving.
- Is developing very well for her age.
- Has shown strong signs of growth in all learning areas.
- Has made clear and commendable gains.
- Improves each and every day.
- Her hard work and effort has paid off.
- Is always very well behaved during class time.
- Has a good ability to avoid peers who she sees may be distractions to her learning.
- Is always willing to listen to instructions.
- Is a very helpful and respectful student.
- Never misbehaves in class.
- Sets a good standard for classmates to follow.
- Is very good at following the rules.
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Shows Respect for Others
- Has a great deal of respect for all visitors to the classroom.
- Cares for and respects her classmates.
- Is always respectful to classroom equipment.
- Always puts her hand up and follows instructions.
- Is very considerate of others and often puts others’ needs and interests at the front of her mind.
- Is a very respectful and responsible classmate.
- Has proven to be a courteous and polite classmate.
- Is held in high regard for her kindness to others.
- Is a very outgoing, positive and upbeat student.
- Tackles every task with enthusiasm and self-belief.
- Is building her confidence more and more every day.
- Has shown remarkable growth in confidence this year.
- Has reached many achievements this year, which is reflected in her budding confidence.
- Is a self-assured young learner who is always willing to try something new.
- Can always be trusted with tasks assigned to her.
- Conducts herself with honesty and integrity at all times.
- Is trusted with school equipment including expensive computer technology.
- Is open, honest and upfront about her thoughts and beliefs.
- Shares thoughtful and genuine opinions during lessons.
- Is always willing to self-reflect and provide genuine analyses of her progress.
- Is a very expressive and confident student.
- Has a great ability to express thoughts and feelings in writing.
- Is always willing to express herself in front of the class with a bold and confident voice.
- Has artistic talent and can articulate her thoughts through drawing and painting very well.
- Is a very articulate public speaker when talking about issues that she knows well.
- Is always willing to contribute her own thoughts and beliefs in class discussions.
- Uses her body and hand movements to express herself artistically.
- Has a great deal of intrinsic motivation . She’s a real go getter!
- Has bucket loads of initiative.
- Has an active mind and is eager to achieve.
- Comes to class with a huge willingness to participate.
- Never wants to waste a day in the classroom.
- Loves to soak up all the information around her.
- Is an ambitious and proactive student.
- Knows her goals and strives every day to achieve them.
Strong Communication Skills
- Projects her voice very well when communicating in class.
- Is effective at using the written word to express herself.
- Has a great deal of confidence when speaking to groups.
- Is very good at clearly and succinctly speaking up when she feels she has a valuable contribution.
- Consistently provides valuable contributions to class discussion.
- Is a skilled public speaker.
- Has shown great strides in written communication skills in recent months.
Is Neat and Tidy
- Always keeps her belongings neatly organized.
- Looks after her belongings very carefully.
- Always has neat book work which shows respect and high regard for her own work.
- Keeps her desk space very tidy, clean and organized.
- Takes pride in keeping her work neat, clean and tidy for every submission.
- Keeps her personal work spaces very well organized.
Good Listening Skills
- Is an active listener who is always ready to respond with relevant and engaging questions.
- Listens thoughtfully to other people’s ideas and contributes her own thoughtful ideas.
- Listens with an open mind to her classmates’ perspectives.
- Always listens intently with the hope of learning new things.
- Concentrates and pays close attention during demonstrations to ensure she understands task requirements.
- Takes directions well and is quick to apply directions to tasks.
- Is always attentive in class and asks for clarification when required.
- Is good at working in small groups unaided by a teacher.
- Listens intently to others and takes their opinions in mind.
- Excels when given leadership roles in small groups.
- Appears to thrive in group learning situations.
- Has developed strong skills in communicating in groups.
- Works productively in groups of all sizes to get tasks done.
- Has a knack for managing multiple personalities in group situations.
- Could work on sharing resources more fairly during group tasks.
- Needs to work on allowing other group members equal time to speak during group discussions.
Strong Organization and Time Management
- Always arrives to class on time with her books and is ready to learn.
- Is exceptionally good at completing tasks in a timely manner.
- Is a natural organizer and is often seen helping to get her peers organized and ready for tasks.
- Is always trusted to meet deadlines.
- Uses color coding and headings in her books effectively to organize her notes.
- Keeps a neat and organized work space at all times.
Good at Homework
- Always comes to class with very neat and well written homework.
- Tends to complete independent homework tasks with ease.
- Thrives with independent homework tasks, which are always presented in a timely manner.
- Comes to class with great questions based on the assigned homework tasks, showing thoughtfulness and independence.
- Can be trusted to complete her homework in time.
- Often asks for extra homework. She has shown great thirst for knowledge.
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- Is always willing to jump in and participate in any task.
- Is a great helper, always giving people a hand when she sees they are in need.
- Participates in all tasks, no matter her skill level. This enthusiasm is laudable.
- Always comes to class willing to get involved in the daily activities.
- Is always the first person to put their hand up to volunteer for a task.
- Loves to learn by getting involved and gaining first-hand experiences.
- Is beginning to develop her own interest and is eager to learn more about them.
- Has a strong personal interest in ________ and has been taking the initiative to explore the topic.
- Is very enthusiastic about ________ and has shown great promise in this area.
- Has picked a great extracurricular hobby of _____. Her skills learned in this hobby has helped to boost her confidence in the classroom.
- Shows interest in a variety of different topics which she has been enthusiastically exploring during free study time.
- Always finds personal interest in topics presented in class.
- Is showing increasing independence to learn and study without the need for excessive guidance.
- Is a fiercely independent person who knows what she wants and goes out to get it.
- Has an independent and free spirited mind.
- Is not afraid to go against the majority if she is certain of her beliefs and thoughts.
- Happily goes about her tasks independently but seeks help when required.
- Shows confidence striking out on her own to do things she is interested in.
Strong Learning and Thinking Skills
- Is very resourceful and uses the internet, books and peers to find new knowledge.
- Is aware of her learning styles and makes every effort to work to her strengths as a student.
- Uses higher-order thinking strategies like analysis and critique to question assumptions.
- Knows when she needs help and asks for it willingly.
- Thinks deeply about her responses before providing them.
- Is very good at reflecting on her weaknesses and working on them to grow as a person.
- Is great at solving problems using her own initiative.
Good Attention to Detail
- Pays close attention to the details of a tasks so that she doesn’t miss anything.
- Is very systematic about going about her tasks so she can complete them thoroughly.
- Is great at identifying small and nuanced mistakes in her own work.
- Always creates very presentable and professional looking pieces of work.
- Has great self-reflection skills , being able to identify her own strengths and weaknesses.
- Can pause and look at her own work to identify areas for improvement.
- Has the ability to stop and change course when she identifies areas for improvement.
- Is very good at identifying and repairing errors in drafts.
- Has exercised great thoughtfulness about her own capabilities.
- Has shown the ability to empathize with classmates and show great compassion.
Perseverance and Determination
- Shows great determination when is set a challenging task.
- Perseveres through difficulties to achieve her goals.
- Is resilient in the face of significant challenges and problems presented.
- Will always work through struggles and come out the other end more confident and skilled.
Present constructive comments to show the areas for improvement for the student. Carefully craft the comments so they’re not overly upsetting or impersonal.
Negative Attitude to Learning
- Occasionally needs special assistance to stay on task.
- Requires some coaxing to complete tasks.
- Is at times distracted or uninterested in learning.
- Is working on paying more attention to her tasks.
- Has some off days where she is uninterested in learning.
- Is easily distracted by friends.
- Will often come to class unwilling to contribute to group discussions.
- Needs to work on focus and concentration during class time.
- Has improved in some areas, but continues to slip behind in others.
- Is showing some lack of focus and is slipping behind in some subjects.
- There is still a lot of room for growth and we are working on improving her focus and drive in coming months.
- It would be great to see some improvement in her weakest subjects in the future.
- I would like to see her asking for help when stuck on tasks.
- Can occasionally disrupt her friends and classmates.
- Is at times a distraction to other students.
- Can be unsettled when entering the class after breaks.
- Can be talkative during quiet times and individual tasks.
- Could work on being more considerate to other classmates.
- Has had a difficult time getting comfortable in class this year.
- Has at times sought undue attention and distracted the flow of lessons.
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- Sometimes struggles to engage in class discussions.
- Requires a lot of external rewards to get focused.
- Works well below her capabilities due to lack of motivation to do her best.
- Relies heavily on extrinsic motivation. It would be great to see more intrinsic desire to succeed in coming months.
- Struggles to find things she is interested in.
- Has trouble getting engaged and interested in class topics.
- Will respond well to rewards but struggles to use initiative.
- Needs to dig deep and find greater motivation to learn in coming months.
Is Not Neat and Tidy
- Occasionally presents work that is messy and difficult to read.
- I would like to see her paying more attention to neatness in her writing.
- It would be great to see her showing more care for her workspace to ensure all her belongings are well cared for.
- At times comes to class disheveled and disorganized.
- Presents homework that is untidy and appears to have been rushed.
- Needs to work on ensuring her work is presentable, neat, and error-free.
Weak Communication Skills
- Speaks very softly. An area for improvement is speaking up in class discussions.
- Could work some more on communicating her opinions during discussions.
- Is often shy and intimidated when asked to speak up in class discussions.
- Needs coaxing to share her thoughts in class.
- Can work on being clearer when expressing her thoughts in writing.
- I look forward to seeing further development in expressing her thoughts in class.
Poor Listening Skills
- Has had some trouble paying attention to others during class discussions.
- Has some trouble listening to peers and teachers.
- Is easily distracted during class discussions.
- Is a good talker but needs to work on pausing and listening to others more attentively.
- Is often fidgety and distracted when spoken to.
- Is often resistant to make eye contact and be responsive when spoken to.
- Has trouble repeating and remembering instructions.
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Weak Organization and Time Management
- Tends to leave tasks to the last minute.
- Often submits incomplete drafts due to poor time management.
- Is often disorganized and forgets important school supplies.
- Has submitted homework late on several occasions.
- Could work on using her time more efficiently to complete tasks in allotted time periods.
- I would like to see her working on her organizational skills in coming months so she can use her class time more efficiently.
Bad at Homework
- Will often skip assigned homework tasks.
- Regularly forgets to bring homework to school.
- Her homework is often brought to class incomplete and rushed.
- Is often seen completing homework tasks the morning before they are due.
- I would like to see her working on setting aside more time for homework in the coming months.
- Is good at class work, but needs more initiative to complete her weekly homework in a timely manner.
Poor Attention to Detail
- Could be getting higher grades if she edited her work more carefully before submission.
- Will sometimes make mistakes due to distractedness and carelessness.
- Has started to let carelessness seep into his work for the past few months.
- Often does not pay enough attention to test questions, leading to small unforced errors.
Preschool and Kindergarten Comments
Here are some great comments specifically for children in the early years of their development.
Play Based Learning – Strong
- Plays well with other children.
- Shares resources with her peers during play time.
- Has begun to develop cooperative play skills such as sharing and taking turns.
- Is a creative and imaginative learner.
- Engages in strong exploratory and discovery play behaviors without prompting.
- Is enthusiastic and engaged when given developmentally appropriate resources to play with.
- Thrives in unstructured play environments where she can explore, learn and discover in her own time.
- Has started to use extended vocabulary well during play scenarios.
- Is great at taking measured risks during play which reveals great self-confidence for her age.
Play Based Learning – Needs Improvement
- Plays in parallel with other children, but needs to start developing cooperative play strategies in the coming months.
- Is good at solitary play, but needs more practice sharing and playing with other students.
- Is curious about playing with others, but often sits back due to shyness.
- Needs encouragement to use more language skills during play-based learning .
- Struggles to take turns when playing with others.
- Is developing in an age appropriate way and continues to show good progress.
- Has visibly developed fine and gross motor skills during class sessions.
- Is using language at an age appropriate level.
- Is starting to move out of her comfort zone to explore more and more new challenges.
- Is socially, cognitively and physically on track for transition to school.
- Has shown remarkable strides in communication skills at preschool.
- Plays well with others.
- Is a thoughtful and kind student who plays well with others.
- Always shares and thinks about others during play scenarios.
- Is a popular student who finds it very easy to make friends with other children.
- Has been seen to show some great emerging leadership skills during play scenarios.
- Is very happy to play in groups and learn from peers .
I will often start with a comment bank like the one above. For each student, I’ll copy four or five of the most suitable statements.
But, I will also follow-up my generic comment from the comment bank with a specific example for the parents to read.
Parents do like to see that you have provided specific and thoughtful statements – so don’t forget to use the student’s name and specific anecdotes as much as possible.
I do hope this comment bank for report card comments has come in handy for you.
Remember to also maintain a positive but honest and constructive voice when writing.
If there is serious concern that might be difficult to express in writing, you should arrange for a parent-teacher conference to have a discussion and see how things progress.
Good luck with your report card writing!
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PRINCIPLES OF RESPONDING TO STUDENT WRITING
Your comments on student writing should clearly reflect the hierarchy of your concerns about the paper. Major issues should be treated more prominently and at greater length; minor issues should be treated briefly or not at all. If you comment extensively on grammatical or mechanical issues, you should expect students to infer that such issues are among your main concerns with the paper. It is after all not unreasonable for students to assume that the amount of ink you spill on an issue bears some relationship to the issue’s importance.
It is often more helpful to comment explicitly, substantively, and in detail about two or three important matters than it is to comment superficially about many issues. Many veteran readers find the experience of responding to student writing to be one of constantly deciding not to comment on less important issues. Such restraint allows you to focus your energies on just a few important points and also tends to yield a cleaner and more easily intelligible message for students.
Some suggestions for writing comments follow.
READING THE PAPER
You may want to skim through four or five papers to get a sense of the pile before reading and grading any single paper. Many instructors read each paper once through to grasp the overall argument before making any marks. Whether skimming on a first time through or reading carefully, you might keep the following categories in mind, which will help you assess the paper’s strengths and weaknesses:
- Thesis: Is there one main argument in the paper? Does it fulfill the assignment? Is the thesis clearly stated near the beginning of the paper? Is it interesting, complex? Is it argued throughout?
- Structure: Is the paper clearly organized? Is it easy to understand the main point of each paragraph? Does the order of the overall argument make sense, and is it easy to follow?
- Evidence and Analysis: Does the paper offer supporting evidence for each of its points?Does the evidence suggest the writer’s knowledge of the subject matter? Has the paper overlooked any obvious or important pieces of evidence? Is there enough analysis of evidence? Is the evidence properly attributed, and is the bibliographical information correct?
- Sources: If appropriate or required, are sources used besides the main text(s) under consideration? Are they introduced in an understandable way? Is their purpose in the argument clear? Do they do more than affirm the writer’s viewpoint or represent a “straw person” for knocking down? Are responsible inferences drawn from them? Are they properly attributed, and is the bibliographical information correct?
- Style: Is the style appropriate for its audience? Is the paper concise and to the point? Are sentences clear and grammatically correct? Are there spelling or proofreading errors?
WRITING A FINAL COMMENT
Y our final comment is your chance not only to critique the paper at hand but also to communicate your expectations about writing and to teach students how to write more effective papers in the future.
The following simple structure will help you present your comments in an organized way:
- Reflect back the paper’s main point. By reflecting back your understanding of the argument, you let the student see that you took the paper seriously. A restatement in your own words will also help you ground your comment. If the paper lacks a thesis, restate the subject area.
- Discuss the essay’s strengths. Even very good writers need to know what they’re doing well so that they can do it again in the future. Remember to give specific examples.
- Discuss the paper’s weaknesses, focusing on large problems first. You don’t have to comment on every little thing that went wrong in a paper. Instead, choose two or three of the most important areas in which the student needs to improve, and present these in order of descending importance. You may find it useful to key these weaknesses to such essay elements as Thesis, Structure, Evidence, and Style. Give specific examples to show the student what you’re seeing. If possible, suggest practical solutions so that the student writer can correct the problems in the next paper.
- Type your final comments if possible. If you handwrite them, write in a straight line (not on an angle or up the side of a page), and avoid writing on the reverse side; instead, append extra sheets as needed. The more readable your comments are, the more seriously your students are likely to take them.
While carefully reading a paper, you’ll want to make comments in the margins. These comments have two main purposes: to show students that you attentively read the paper and to help students understand the connection between the paper and your final comments. If you tell a student in the final comment that he or she needs more analysis, for example, the student should be able to locate one or more specific sites in the text that you think are lacking.
SOME PRINCIPLES FOR MAKING MARGINAL COMMENTS
- Make some positive comments. “Good point” and “great move here” mean a lot to students, as do fuller indications of your engagement with their writing. Students need to know what works in their writing if they’re to repeat successful strategies and make them a permanent part of their repertoire as writers. They’re also more likely to work hard to improve when given some positive feedback.
- Comment primarily on patterns—representative strengths and weaknesses. Noting patterns (and marking these only once or twice) helps instructors strike a balance between making students wonder whether anyone actually read their essay and overwhelming them with ink. The “pattern” principle applies to grammar and other sentence-level problems, too.
- Write in complete, detailed sentences. Cryptic comments—e.g., “weak thesis,” “more analysis needed,” and “evidence?”—will be incompletely understood by most students, who will wonder, What makes the thesis weak? What does my teacher mean by “analysis”? What about my evidence? Symbols and abbreviations—e.g., “awk” and “?”—are likewise confusing. The more specific and concrete your comments, the more helpful they’ll be to student writers.
- Ask questions. Asking questions in the margins promotes a useful analytical technique while helping students anticipate future readers’ queries.
- Use a respectful tone. Even in the face of fatigue and frustration, it’s important to address students respectfully, as the junior colleagues they are.
- Write legibly (in any ink but red). If students have to struggle to decipher a comment, they probably won’t bother. Red ink will make them feel as if their essay is being corrected rather than responded to.
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155 Quick and Positive Teacher Comments for Student Writing
If you’re looking for positive teacher comments for student writing, you’ve landed in the right place.
One of the most important parts of assessing students is providing feedback.
Providing feedback does not have to be a complicated process. It can be as simple as jotting down quick positive comments on student papers.
These positive comments for student writing should highlight things that students do well.
Positive comments reinforce to students what’s working well and provide the motivation that keeps them growing academically.
What’s more, these comments serve students better than letter grades.
Here you will find a collection of positive teacher comments for student writing that you can use as meaningful feedback.
No matter the writing assignment, this list of teacher comments for student writing helps students to grow academically.
Teacher Comments for Student Writing
The following teacher comments for student writing may be used to assess homework, exam papers, and/or to note how well students are progressing.
1. What an original idea!
2. Keep up the great work!
3. Wonderful handwriting!
4. Impressive style and truly original writing!
5. Your writing is out of this world!
6. Your hard work paid off! Congratulations!
7. First-rate job on your writing!
8. Your attention to detail is outstanding!
9. You are a superstar!
10. You’ve learned so much! Great job!
11. Your understanding of the subject has improved dramatically!
12. You expressed yourself incredibly well!
13. I knew you could do it!
14. You are so artistic and creative!
15. Your choice of words painted a clear picture!
16. I’m impressed by your improvement!
17. You are a gifted student! Great writing!
18. Your skills have really grown this year!
19. You should be proud of this work!
20. I truly enjoyed grading this paper!
21. You receive my seal of approval!
22. Your writing brightened my day!
23. You followed the instructions perfectly!
24. You continue to exceed my expectations!
25. I can tell that you give this your best effort! Great job!
26. Have you been holding back? This is phenomenal work!
27. You’re really in touch with your feelings here!
28. Your hard work shows! Great improvement!
29. You’ve come a long way!
30. This is a definite winner!
31. That’s an interesting point!
32. Thank you for such a fantastic effort!
33. You’re almost an expert now!
34. Terrific job! Your patience has paid off!
35. Your writing was clear, concise, and creative!
36. Awesome job! Keep it up!
37. Your writing skills keep improving!
38. I’m lucky to grade such fantastic work!
39. I love how focused your writing has become!
40. Your paper is full of wonderful ideas!
41. This really blew me away!
42. Great job thinking everything through! Very concise!
43. You get a high five! Fabulous job!
44. Your potential is limitless!
45. I love the creativity you put into this!
46. This assignment really shows off your skills!
47. You’re now unstoppable! Keep it up!
48. You challenged yourself and succeeded!
49. I had to read this twice. I loved it so much!
50. See, I told you that you’re a great writer!
51. You knocked this out of the park!
52. I can tell that you did your best!
53. You’ve made more progress than I could have imagined!
54. You learned something new!
55. Your motivation is starting to pay off!
56. What great observations!
57. Your work is coming along nicely!
58. That was a very perceptive point!
59. This is prize-winning writing!
60. You’re right on target! Keep hitting bullseyes!
61. You make writing look easy!
62. Congratulations! You move to the head of the class!
63. Prestigious work! Your best effort yet!
64. Exhilarating writing! Amazing effort!
65. Doesn’t it feel great to do such a wonderful job?
66. Extraordinary! Much better than last time!
67. Sensational effort! What careful work!
68. Top-notch job! I appreciate the hard work!
69. Your personality shines!
70. This assignment has pizzazz! Wow!
71. Great job getting to the heart of the issue!
72. Very well-thought-out points!
73. I can tell that you’ve been paying attention!
74. This is a winner! Gold star!
75. You really outdid yourself with this paper!
76. What an accomplishment!
77. This is absolutely incredible!
78. Your lead really grabs my attention.
79. What a unique way to begin your writing.
80. Your main idea is very clear.
81. Bravo! You reached each standard.
82. Wow! This is just purrfect!
83. Exceptional use of details in your writing.
84. You did a great job explaining your answer.
85. This part really moved me.
86. This paper has pizzazz!
87. You are moving in the right direction.
88. What a fantastic strategy for solving the problem!
89. Your progress is phenomenal.
90. So impressive!
91. This is above grade-level work!
92. You outlined the steps perfectly!
93. I can follow your thoughts easily.
94. Fantastic use of metaphors!
95. You definitely know your audience!
96. This receives a 5-star rating!
97. You really outdid yourself with this one.
98. Keep pushing forward!
99. The ideas flow nicely.
100. This paper is rock-solid! Nice job.
101. Your thoughts are coherent and easy to follow.
102. I love the way you took risks with new vocabulary words.
103. How impressive! I am so proud of you!
104. Your use of transition words makes reading your paper a breeze.
105. Great use of similes.
106. The voice of your writing is very clear.
107. I enjoyed following along the journey!
108. Your reasoning is good.
109. I commend you for your thorough work.
110. This work shows so much improvement!
111. What an interesting point of view.
112. Your personality shines through.
113. Score! You did it!
114. I can tell that you really worked hard on this.
115. Your progress is admirable. Stay motivated!
116. I love the way you added details to help readers visualize.
117. What a clever perspective!
118. I can see your progress clearly.
119. I loved the way you compared and contrasted the ideas.
120. Neat handwriting!
121. Your examples are excellent!
122. You have great attention to detail.
123. I love the way you elaborated on the main ideas.
124. Your thoughts are very clear.
125. You show lots of sensitivity to this subject.
126. You’ve really been paying attention in class.
127. You’re right on target with this point.
128. Thank you for a job well done.
129. Good points made.
130. What an interesting point of view!
131. This part is coming along nicely.
132. 5-star rating!
133. Your ending surprised me!
134. You have all the elements of a great piece of writing here!
135. This is something special!
136. It’s obvious you did thorough research.
137. Now I’m excited to learn more about this topic!
138. You really did this topic justice.
139. Your clarity of the subject is spectacular.
140. You worded this well.
141. Well thought out!
142. What neat work!
143. You’ve outdid yourself!
144. Looks like you’re becoming an expert on this topic!
145. I love the way you used powerful verbs!
146. Your use of figurative language is superb.
147. Phenomenal piece of writing!
148. You’re achieving your S.M.A.R.T goals with this type of work!
149. Your grammar is on point!
150. Great job revising your work!
151. Your work on this assignment is praiseworthy!
152. With this work, you’re ready for ______ grade!
153. Your ideas flow seamlessly.
154. This part is very noteworthy.
155. I love the way you used sticky notes for revision.
Final Thoughts: Teacher Comments for Student Writing
Now you have a ready-supply of teacher comments for student writing that you can use as positive feedback on written assignments.
Positive comments support students’ growth. The right comment can boost self-esteem , motivation, and student engagement.
So if you want to empower and uplift students, utilize these helpful teacher comments for student writing.
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When to Give Praise and How to Compliment Your Students — 75 Encouraging Comments for Students
Too often, students associate schoolwork with negative feedback: the corrections that they get from teachers when they do something wrong. While correcting work with an eye toward improvement is important, students also need positive feedback to nurture their self-worth and to see their work in a positive light. Your opinion as a teacher is valuable to the students that you teach, so making a point to compliment and praise them is a vital part of their growth and education.
The video below gives some great examples of how to compliment students and shows what big difference praises can make:
If you are confused while giving praise, you may take a SEL course, this will certainly help you. I add the list of the best courses SEL trainings here .
When to Give Praise
There’s never a bad time to give your students compliments! However, there are certain scenarios in which praise is most effective:
- when a student puts forth extra effort
- when a student masters a particular skill or concept
- when a student’s work goes above and beyond the expectation
- when a student sets or reaches a goal
- when a student exhibits a positive behavior
Compliments can be given at any time, so always be on the lookout for moments when a student’s work or behavior warrants a little bit of praise. This is particularly important when assessing their work. When grading a test or paper, be sure to include comments on what the student did well just as often as you correct things that could have been done better.
5 Steps to Effective Praise
It’s not enough to just give compliments to students — they need to be the right compliments! Follow these five steps to give the best praise to every student:
1. Be Specific
It’s easy to fall back on old standards like “Good job” or “Nice work.” However, these compliments are so cliché that students barely notice them. In addition, these phrases don’t tell the student what they did to earn the praise.
One of the greatest benefits of using compliments in your feedback is that students know what they did well, so they know that they should repeat those behaviors to continue excelling in the classroom. In addition, specific compliments will stick in their memory much longer, extending the benefits to their self-esteem.
2. Praise the Process
While it is important to give praise when assessing a student’s performance, don’t focus solely on the outcome.
Is a student putting forth extra effort to study for an exam? Is a student being creative in their use of resources? Is a student staying highly organized while working on a project? All of these are great examples of behaviors that you can complement!
3. Be Genuine
Lack of sincerity is a surefire way for a compliment to backfire. A false compliment is worse than none at all for building relationships with your class. Students can tell if you aren’t being genuine, so only compliment them when they’ve done something that actually warrants praise.
Besides, one of the most important reasons to compliment students is to encourage them to repeat positive behaviors; if your compliments aren’t genuine, you may end up making a negative behavior worse.
4. Be Sensitive
It’s important to get to know your students and to compliment them in ways that are comfortable for them. For example, some students love being the center of attention, while others shy away from the spotlight. Praising a wallflower in front of the whole class might make them uncomfortable, so stick to praising them one-on-one or in writing.
It’s also important to be aware of cultural issues; be careful of compliments that may serve to reinforce stereotypes. For example, telling a female student that you can’t believe how good she is at math or science reinforces the stereotype that girls aren’t as proficient in these subjects as boys.
5. Avoid Comparisons
It may seem great to tell a student that they had the highest test score in the class, but compliments that compare students to one another can actually do more harm than good. While it may feel good to the top performer, it can be detrimental to the rest of the class.
In addition, these types of compliments encourage competition, which isn’t ideal for learning. Students should be able to focus on learning the material without worrying about whether they’re doing it better than everyone else. Treat each student as an individual without comparing them to others.
Fun Fact : Just as it is important to praise students from time to time, it is likewise imperative to show gratitude to teachers from time to time as well. Teachers come in different forms; hence, the students’ thankfulness should be geared toward complimenting instead of comparing one against the other. Read my blog here: Thank You Note To Teacher .
Best Compliments for Students from Teachers
Let’s take a look at some examples of the best ways to compliment your students to ensure that your feedback is effective:
Student Performance: Effort
Use these compliments when a student goes the extra mile and puts in a lot of effort:
- You’re really working hard today
- That’s coming along nicely
- You must have been practicing
- You really went the extra mile
- I’m happy to see you working like that
- I’m proud of the work you did today
- This is the best you’ve ever done
- That’s quite an improvement
- I can see your hard work in this assignment
- You haven’t quit even on this tough problem
- Keep using those great strategies
- You have really grown
- I can see a difference in your work
- I appreciate your hard work
- It’s obvious from your grade that you worked hard to prepare for the quiz
- I saw you tackle that problem over and over until you got it
- I love how hard you’re trying
- It means a lot to me that you don’t give up
- Tell me about all of the hard work you did on this research
- You’ve been working hard on this every day
- You solved this problem with such focus
- Give yourself a hand for the way you handled this lesson
- I sure admire that perseverance.
- This project is coming along well
- Thank you for your hard work
Student Performance: Accuracy
If a student absolutely nailed it, try one of these compliments:
- Your project is first-rate
- I couldn’t have done it better myself
- You haven’t missed a thing
- Great job solving 20 problems correctly
- I didn’t find a single comma error in your paper. Great job!
- Your argument is very clear
- You came up with an excellent answer for that question
- You came up with a thoughtful answer
- You really nailed that experiment
- This was a well-argued paper
- Can you tell me how you came up with that great answer?
- You did every step in this problem just right
- You did a great job answering all parts of the question
- You really paid attention to details
- How did you come up with such a great answer?
- That’s exactly how I would have done it
- I can’t think of any ways to make this essay better
- Your work really got me thinking
- You came up with a really sound hypothesis
- Your arguments did a great job supporting your thesis
- That paragraph was really well organized
Student Performance: Fluency
When a student works hard and gains fluency in a skill, praise them with these compliments:
- You got that done quickly
- You figured that out fast
- You’re learning fast
- You’re catching on quickly
- You’ve got that down pat
- Look at you go
- You wrote nonstop through the writing period. Nice job!
- Nice, you finished on time
- You finished that experiment so quickly
- How did you solve that problem so quickly?
- You did that twice as fast as you did last week
- I’m impressed at how well you did those flash cards
- Great job using mental math
- Wow, you knew that right off the top of your head!
Work Product: Student Goal-Setting
It’s important to make and achieve goals for the future; try some of these goal-oriented compliments:
- You set a goal to complete your outline today, and I can see you’ve done it
- I like it when you make a time management plan
- You finished your essay today just like you wanted. Great job!
- I like that goal you set for yourself
- I’m proud of you for setting such an ambitious goal
- I think completing five problems is a great goal for you
- It’s great that you’re trying to achieve the goal you set for yourself
- That goal will really help you push yourself!
Work Product: Using External Standard
Students do well when they have standards. They do even better when a teacher uses some strategies for students to keep on task and standards, and you may read them in this article . Use one of these compliments when a student meets or achieves a standard:
- You just showed mastery on the grade’s math standards
- You did a great job including all the parts of a thesis
- Thank you for following the directions so carefully
- You did exactly what the directions said
- This is the kind of essay they’re looking for on the state exams
- This is great SAT vocabulary you used in your essay
- You learned all of the math concepts you’ll need for the test
While pointing out mistakes and potential for improvement is sometimes easier than finding ways to praise students, it shouldn’t be the sole focus of your feedback. Learning to compliment students regularly requires a shift in your mindset, but with regular practice, it can become an important part of how you interact with your class. Praise helps students know what they’ve done well and is important for their self-esteem and growth. Teachers are role models; never underestimate just how important your words are.
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Having difficulty with writing positive and constructive feedback on student report cards and progress reports? Use our ideas.
- The learner takes an active role in discussions.
- Learner consistently cooperates with the teacher and other students.
- Learner listens well and shares ideas frequently.
- The learner works democratically with peers.
- Learner shows self-confidence in…
- The learner works well in groups, planning and carrying out activities.
- Learner follows directions well.
- The learner is an enthusiastic learner who enjoys school.
- Learner tackles new challenges with a positive attitude.
- The learner has a positive attitude about school.
- Learner consistently makes good choices during the school day.
- Learner shows respect for peers and teachers.
- Learner transitions easily between classroom activities and is not a distraction to others.
- The learner is sensitive to the thoughts and opinions of others.
- The learner is a leader and positive role model for students .
- The learner is enthusiastic about participating.
- The learner takes an active part in discussions about (topic).
- Learner speaks with confidence.
- Learner volunteers often.
- The learner has a great sense of humor and enjoys our class assignments.
- The learner has difficulty staying focused and on task. · Needs to actively participate in classroom discussion.
- The learner needs to work on not distracting others during class.
- The learner is learning to be careful, cooperative, and fair.
- The learner needs to work on…
- One area for improvement is…
- The learner is eager to participate in class but needs to raise their hand.
- The learner is becoming more independent when completing class assignments.
- The learner needs frequent reminders to stay focused throughout the day.
- Learner, when motivated, does well on class assignments.
- The learner needs to work on following written and oral directions.
- Needs to actively participate in classroom discussions.
- The learner has frequent absences that are affecting (name’s) schoolwork.
- The learner needs to work on treating others with respect.
- The learner needs to work on completing homework assignments on time.
- Learner frequently comes to class unprepared .
- Learner often seems tired at school.
- The learner gets upset quickly when (topic).
- Although _____________’s growth in social skills and maturity is continuing, it is not consistent.
- _______ continues to make progress this year concerning their attitude in the classroom and on the playground.
Time Management/Work Habits
- The learner uses class time wisely.
- The learner is a self-motivated student.
- Learner completes work on time.
- The learner is very organized.
- Learner demonstrates problem-solving skills and is persistent.
- The learner has done a great job facing and overcoming significant challenges this year.
- The learner is very responsible and turns in work on time.
- The learner is flexible and adapts to changes quickly .
- The learner has made improvements in the area of…
- The learner has strengthened their skills in…
- The learner does not complete assignments on time. Seems unable to finish.
- The learner is encouraged to use time wisely to finish tasks in the time required.
- Learner struggles to stay organized and find appropriate materials (paper/pencil).
- The learner needs to slow down to improve the quality of their work.
- The learner is not working to their full potential.
- The learner is easily distracted.
- The learner needs to listen and follow directions more carefully .
- The learner needs more opportunities to…
- Learner grades are suffering because of missed assignments.
- The learner would benefit from…
- The learner has demonstrated excellent progress this year.
- The learner is learning how to be a better listener and takes direction well.
- The learner has worked very hard this year and has made substantial gains in the area of ______.
- The learner has shown significant improvement with ______.
- The learner is progressing nicely and shows consistent improvement in many areas of schoolwork, including ______.
- The learner is learning to be cooperative when working in groups.
- The learner is developing more positive ways to interact with others.
- The learner is listening to directions more carefully.
- The learner has continued to make steady progress with…
- The learner has shown noticeable improvement in…
General Subject Area Comments
- The learner has good reading and decoding skills.
- The learner is reading well at level…
- The learner uses reading strategies to increase their reading comprehension.
- The learner is reading smoothly and with good expression.
- Learner struggles with reading comprehension.
- The learner needs to read for 15 minutes each night.
- The learner is choosing books that are too simple for their level.
- The learner has difficulty using reading strategies to decode new words.
- The learner needs to learn essential sight words to improve decoding skills.
- The learner needs to build reading vocabulary.
- The learner uses various strategies to solve one- and two-step word problems.
- Learner demonstrates a good understanding of math concepts.
- Learner demonstrates problem-solving skills.
- The learner has strengthened their critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
- The learner has difficulty understanding/solving word problems.
- The learner understands skills and strategie s but has a difficult time explaining processes.
- The learner would benefit from memorizing math facts.
- The learner has difficulty solving multi-step problems.
- The learner needs to slow down and check work.
- Learner memorizing basic math facts would be helpful to…
- The learner is willing to learn new writing skills and quickly applies these skills within their writing.
- The learner understands and applies the correct use of punctuation within the writing.
- Learner writing is clear and follows grammar and punctuation rules.
- Learner enjoys writing stories and can construct unique and exciting sentences.
- The learner can create precise and compelling writing that is interesting to read and easy to comprehend.
- The learner has shown significant improvement with their writing skills and consistently increases their writing comprehension and techniques.
- The learner has difficulty writing clear and understandable sentences.
- Learner words are often misplaced throughout their writing.
- Learner frequently displays grammatical errors within their writing.
- The learner needs to slow down and review their writing.
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125 Quick Report Card Remarks And Teachers Comments On Students’ Progress In English
Teaching is a great profession, which some rather refer to as a ‘calling’. Teachers, just like parents, are a very important part of a child’s life, having a great influence on their perception of themselves and life in general.
Report cards, which are written by these teachers, provide parents with vital information about the progress of their children in the activities carried out at school. The short remarks for students come in various formats, and usually include the report of teachers comments on students’ progress.
Typically, the teachers comments on students’ progress under his/her care are about individual students’ strengths that should be encouraged and weaknesses that the student should improve upon.
Writing unique and definite comments on the students’ progress on their report cards often takes a level of effort. This is because writing only negative comments can discourage both the students and their parents.
Here are over 125 report card comments for kindergarten, preschool, grade, or college. This article will help teachers construct thoughtful comments on students’ progress at school, irrespective of student’s level.
Positive Comments For Students Performance
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1. It has been a wonderful time knowing ____these past months. He is a kind and respectful student. He takes great care in carrying out practical work, projects, and assignments.
2. ____ has shown much improvement this year. She is better in math, writing, and comprehension. She has also overcome some of her shy attitudes and didn’t find class presentations hectic.
3. ____is a very energetic student. She has a great enthusiasm for learning new things. She is also very creative and puts a lot of effort into her assignments. More so, she is respectful and polite.
4. It has been a pleasure getting to know your daughter. She has a positive disposition towards everything that is done in class. She is always cheerful and ready to learn.
5. ____ is a very nice student. He is always eager to participate in all class activities. He is in a good relationship with his classmates and is also doing very well across all subjects.
6. Perry is a perfect example of a little gentleman. He has won the admiration of his classmates with his beautiful character. He is also doing very well in his schoolwork and is among the top 5 students in class.
7. I am impressed with the effort ___ puts into her school work. She asks questions in class when necessary and is always attentive. She did very well in reading, comprehension, and writing.
8. Kelly did quite a good job throughout the session. He fared well in his subjects. But next term we would work on improving his vocabulary and also in math.
9. Your son is very enthusiastic about learning. He is very interested in arts and painting. Thankfully, he also does well in math and science.
10. ____ had done wonderfully well this year. She is a lot more organized than in her previous classes. She pays close attention to her work and her grades have also greatly improved.
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The digitalization of the 21st century has had an influence on many things in human life including schools. Online classes are well incorporated into the academic world, and this has led to some changes in every aspect of the school day, with report cards being no exception.
Writing report card comments for online classes needs a little bit of attention, and we are here to help you with 20 of such comments!
1. When given online learning assignments, your child does thorough and detailed work in completing them. We hope he keeps up the good work.
2. Many students find the shift from physical classes to online classes a difficult one. But for Emmy, it was quite an easy one. He sure had a great academic year.
3. While your ward was able to cope with the demands of online learning, he seems to be distracted at times while on an assignment or project. We hope this improves in the coming year.
4. Your child had it difficult at the beginning with participation in online activities, but later on, he showed good progress and has become better and more engaging.
5. Beginning online classes this year seemed a smooth ride for _____. However, he finds it difficult in keeping up with assignment deadlines.
6. Being an introverted student, online classes have helped him overcome some shy nature by participating in the online discussion forums and he has contributed a great deal to the classes.
7. Your child needed little or no assistance to properly make use of the technology to engage in the online classes. That is highly commendable.
8. During the online classes, individual and group assignments were duly engaged in and carried out by James. He showed great enthusiasm in the entire process.
9. ______did a really great job during the online classes as he found it easy to navigate through the computer. He even assisted in putting some of his classmates through the process.
10. While your child was able to properly do individual assignments, he was reluctant to participate in group discussions and activities. Hopefully, this would be improved.
11. Despite the distractions faced with taking classes online, your child was able to keep focused and did not get carried away with those distractions while online.
12. Your child was enthusiastic about the online classes. He just needs some improvements on carrying out proper researches online and keeping to deadlines.
13. I would summarize your child’s work as excellent. He did all his online assignments, participated in all activities including group discussions both online and offline and met all the deadlines for submission.
14. Similar to my previous comment on the last session’s report card during offline lessons, your child finds it difficult to concentrate, easily gets distracted, and easily loses focus even during online classes.
15. It is always a relief having a child, like yours, in my class. She is very proactive and easily adapted to the changes this New Year. I hope she continues in this.
16. Your child has a good start and was able to transition with ease from physical to online classes but she still needs to participate more in forum discussions.
17. _____had a very good start this academic year. I was thrilled by how much she coped with the online classes. Seems you had exposed her quite early to the computer. Kudos.
18. The year was filled with online learning assignments and activities. Your child did quite a great work by being prompt in submitting each assignment when due.
19. The change from offline classes to online classes was unexpected. As such, many students had a hard time adjusting. _____did quite well though. He was able to cross the hurdles on time and settled in well for the year.
20. Your child responded positively to the transition from on-site to online classes and was responsible for all assignments, homework, and project.
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Remarks for students are usually part of their report cards and show parents how their child is progressing in school. It is usually a form of feedback to help parents/guardians understand where their children/ward should be helped or encouraged.
Teachers’ comments on students’ progress can be summarized into one-word remarks. These can be positive words, words about discipline, academic, health, negative words, encouraging words, and so on. Below are some examples to get you started.
Encouraging words: Satisfactory, Improving, Amazing, Brilliant, Well done, Awesome, Outstanding, Perfect.
Discipline/ Character: Well-behaved, Polite, Receptive, Argumentative, Disrespectful, Confident, Bold, Pessimistic, Indifferent, Distracted, Obstinate, Considerate.
Poor Effort: Reluctant, Unmotivated, Inconsistent, Slow, Unsatisfactory.
Good Effort: Industrious, Motivated, Persistent, Thorough, Attentive.
So as not to sound discouraging, it is usually a tough time finding the right words to use when writing a remark for a weak student. This is because the comment or remark is not meant to discourage but to encourage the students and spur them up to do more.
Teachers should, therefore, be careful when writing reports for weak students as the aim of the comment may not be actualized.
The aim is not to buttress only the weakness of the student, but to offer help to improve the situation. This will challenge the child to aim to do better. Teachers comments on students’ progress for weak students should therefore be written carefully.
Below are sample comments for students performance that will guide you in writing encouraging remarks for weak students.
1. Your son has been struggling with remembering what he did previously. Revising the day’s work at home may be beneficial in improving his memory.
2. Your child would do better in his academics if he gets more focused. He seems to be easily distracted and inattentive.
3. Joseph has repeatedly been the last in class in math for three terms consecutively. I believe he is not a dull student and has the potentials of making it. He may need additional lessons to enable him to improve.
4. _____ does well in science but has consistently been having trouble with some concepts in literature. Having her read novels a lot will help her in these areas.
5. Your son’s writing ability is of concern as it is markedly below the standard for his class. I believe he can improve if he puts in more effort at home.
6. ____ is missing out on group activities. He dreads coming to give the weekly presentations on his homework to the class due to stage fright. This has affected his grades in some subject areas. He should be encouraged to socialize more with his peer group.
7. Stella has a very good imagination. She is very creative at telling stories. But she has trouble putting her thoughts down because she is below average in writing.
8. ____ struggles with solving problems in math. I believe that if he gives more time to his assignments and projects, he will do much better.
9. Your child is not getting most of his answers right in comprehension passages. He needs to learn not to be hasty, and take time to recheck his work before submitting it. Otherwise, he is a bright student.
10. _____ is very interested in science and puts in some effort too. But he finds it difficult to understand the basic concepts that he needs to build on.
11. Your daughter is quite a brilliant student. She is above average in all her subjects except math. I believe she will benefit from practicing math at home.
12. ____does not put as much effort as she should into her school work. Her assignments are often left undone, and as such, are affecting her overall grades.
13. Your son’s reading and writing abilities are significantly below what is required for his grade level. You should also endeavor to help him at home as we do our best here.
14. ____ is very reserved and does not like to participate in group activities, discussions, or projects. This has affected his grades in some subject areas. He should be encouraged to initiate and engage in discussions with people.
15. _____ often comes to school with attempting or completing his/her homework. This is quite disturbing. He should be encouraged to do his homework before going to bed.
16. Your daughter is a brilliant pupil. She does well in storytelling and discussions. But she is not doing well in other subjects that involve writing and calculations because she is easily distracted.
17. Gabriel finds it difficult to keep being focused on whatever he is doing. This is hugely responsible for his low grades in this term’s work.
18. Your child has got into trouble too many times these past months. He is very rude and disrespectful to teachers and his classmates. He has gotten into a fight more than thrice. We hope you talk to him and enforce some discipline too.
19. _____ needs to work on her reading skills. She is naturally a fast talker and she seems to rush through her reading and not have enough time to pronounce each word properly, not to talk of understanding what she’s reading.
20. Kalyn needs a lot of assistance to help her with her school work. She is a very slow learner and she is lagging in many of her subjects.
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Report card comments at the end of an academic year or session is usually a summary of what the student has achieved, and improvement to be made. Writing these comments may not be counted by most teachers as one of the joys of teaching, as it seems like extra work.
Putting together teachers’ comments on students’ progress at the end of the year should be given careful attention by the teacher. These comments, while being sincere and truthful, should also be written with kind words .
This means that while highlighting the weakness of a child, the areas the child did well should not be left out.
We have put together several end-of-year report card comments that will be of great assistance to teachers while writing that of their students.
1. It has been an interesting year being your kid’s teacher. John is a very outstanding student and has improved greatly in his school work. I wish you the best of luck in the year ahead.
2. Jane worked very hard and made much progress this year. She became outstanding in math even science, subjects with which she struggled previously. She was also well-behaved in class.
3. ____ is a bright student. He shows some enthusiasm for learning. But his academics had a setback this year due to continuous incomplete and undone assignments. I would like you also to look into that this coming year.
4. Your child has made noticeable academic achievements in all areas of academic and extra-curricular activities. Enjoy the holidays and I hope to see you next year.
5. ____ would benefit greatly from holiday lessons. This will help him go overall he has been taught this year and make him more grounded and ready for the next year.
6. Sam is a very respectful and cheerful child. I would surely miss the smile on his face as he greets me every morning. Have a wonderful holiday.
7. Joel has done a lot for himself this year. He has built up so much confidence and is able to stand in front of the class and give his presentations without fear. He has also improved in other subject areas.
8. ____ is an obedient child. He follows classroom rules and regulations and is diligent in all he does. He is a good role model to his peers. He is also doing fine in his school work. I wish him greater feats in his new grade.
9. ____ is an active student. But she is lagging in her spelling and pronunciations. It would be of great help if you encourage her to read a book aloud to your hearing during the holidays.
10. Dean has a positive attitude to school work. He is mostly self-motivated and does his classwork and assignments without much supervision.
11. ____ is no doubt a bright student. But he is too playful and does not concentrate in class. This has led to his poor grades this school year. I hope he improves next year.
12. I enjoyed being ____ teacher this year. She is always bubbling and full of life. She has been very useful in coordinating her classmates in carrying out group projects.
13. Your child is an exceptional student. He is excellent at all his subjects including math, science, drawing, and group projects. He is a role model to his classmates. I was so proud to be his teacher. I hope he keeps this up.
14. _____ is an intelligent student and I believe he can succeed on whatever he puts his mind to. He just needs to be more focused and attentive to things. I believe he’d still do well.
15. Stanley is an extroverted boy. However, he needs to learn when to be quiet when necessary. He talks a lot and disturbs others around him. Apart from this, he is above average in his school work.
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Commenting about students’ progress and how they fared during the year is an important part of their report card. This is usually perceived by teachers to be a difficult task, as they have to write the comments for each student.
We have helped you put together final and positive report card comments that will be of help to teachers during the end of the year.
1. ____ did a good job this year. He engaged positively in all classroom activities. He was also very polite and respectful to his classmates and other teachers.
2. Your child has proven himself to be a courteous and kind student. He is loved by all his classmates and other teachers. He is also obedient to classroom instructions.
3. _____ had many achievements in school. Her team won the school prize for a science project. She also topped her class in most subjects. In addition, she won the class teachers prize for most outstanding student
4. ____ has shown remarkable growth this year. She even passed the expectations set for her. It was a rewarding year.
5. ____ is a very outspoken student. She has put this talent to use by becoming part of the debate club. She won the award for the second-best speaker in the final inter-school debate this year.
6. Kate is always well-behaved in class. She is also a very good listener and actively follows through all her classes.
7. _____ made us proud. She is consistently improving in the areas she has difficulty with last year. Her scores have gone up. She has also been part of extra-curricular activities.
8. ____ has such a positive attitude to work which has endeared him to most of his peers. He won the best student prize award for literature and arts in the entire school.
9. Raphael made no mistake in joining the writing and publishing team. He is excellent at putting his thoughts and feelings into words. He will surely make a great writer.
10. _____ is a public speaker in the making. She is very bold and articulate when talking. She should be encouraged to join the debate club in the coming academic year.
11. ____ has been able to overcome her shy nature and was able to participate in group discussions and even made a presentation on behalf of her group to the entire class.
12. Your child has made noticeable academic achievements in all areas of academic and extra-curricular activities. I wish her the best as she begins senior high school.
13. It was a great time working with _____. I enjoyed being her teacher. She has a very welcoming attitude and a great disposition.
14. _____ is a very polite and cheerful child. I would surely miss the smile on his face as he greets me every morning. He is also doing very well in his school work.
15. ____ has greatly improved. He is no doubt rounding off as a better student. He engaged actively in all classroom activities and the effect of this is seen in his grades.
16. It is with great delight that I bring the year to a close with these comments. I enjoyed every part of being your child’s teacher. She is so warm and welcoming. She also did very well in her school work.
17. I am satisfied with _____ achievements. He did so much better than the previous year. I hope even as he climbs to the next grade, he will even do better. Do well to assist him during the holidays.
18. If excellence was a word, ______ would be the definition of it. He was top of his class and had the highest scores for math and science in the entire school. I was proud to be his teacher . Many kudos to you too.
19. _____ won the class teacher’s prize for the most outstanding student for the year. She aced all her subjects excellently well. We wish her all the best in her endeavors.
20. Ben brought the entire class to the limelight by his outstanding success in the quiz between junior classes hosted by the school. I was very proud to be his teacher. We all sure enjoyed the year.
In conclusion, teachers’ comment on students’ progress is a crucial part of their report cards. The teacher must give great care, with much thoughtfulness, in giving remarks for both the good and weak students.
This is because a negative comment that is not constructively written can make a student become discouraged. Succinctly, the strengths and weaknesses of the students should be equally highlighted and areas of the students’ progress that needs improvement should be emphasized.
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What's more difficult than creating your student report cards? Writing unique and meaningful report card comments. Creating report card comments and remarks can be a daunting and tedious task for teachers.
Every teacher will agree that writing unique report card comments is important as it helps the parents to understand their child's progress, they can take necessary action by understanding the report card comments.
We have made your task easier by providing a list of report card comments for every feedback category and applicable to all grades. Just copy and paste the comment, insert the student's name and you are good to go! You can edit and modify the comments as you like.
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Achievement and Improvement - General Comments:
- If _____ continues to put out the effort he has demonstrated in the last two reporting periods, he will benefit greatly from his education.
- The following ideas might help him enhance his _____.
- I'm hoping that the current level of enthusiasm and progress will continue.
- In all academic disciplines, _____ is improving. She's having a hard time with____.
- She has a long way to go, but if she works hard enough, she will see results soon.
- _____ takes tremendous pride in his work and always completes it neatly.
- _____ is a frequent volunteer who makes significant contributions to the class. She has a tendency to work too rapidly, which leads to a lot of unintentional mistakes. At home and at school, we can assist her in correcting this.
- For his age, _____ is a hard worker with outstanding vocabulary skills. He likes to read and write.
- The quality of _____'s work reflects her positive attitude. Thank you for all of your hard work.
- Despite his best efforts, _____ finds it difficult to keep up with the rest of the class. Can we meet to discuss this?
- As we mentioned at our latest meeting, ______'s work is not up to par. I am confident that with more effort and concentration, he will quickly improve.
- _____ is genuinely interested in everything we do in class. She, on the other hand, is experiencing some difficulties with . Please go through this with her every night.
Achievement and Improvement - Academic Achievement:
- In ______, _____ is quite strong.
- _____ has received an excellent grade on his report card.
- ______ is something that _____ knows a lot about.
- _____ is a bright and hardworking student who excels in_____
- In all of the fundamental subjects, _____ is performing admirably.
- In ______, _____ is working over grade level.
- _____ is particularly skilled at______.
- Because of her low achievement level, _____ finds it challenging to keep up with the rest of the class.
- In the domains of ____, _____ is capable of reaching a higher average.
- We will concentrate on _____ in the coming term because _____ has had problems learning .
- _____ is capable of doing a much better job.
- Both you and I must continue to guide and assist _____.
- To get her up to _____ grade level, _____ has been really cooperative and only needs to improve her social studies skills.
- _____ has been getting poor grades on quizzes and tests.
- _____ does not work to her full potential.
- The material is tough for _____ to comprehend.
Achievement and Improvement - Improvement:
- The independence of _____ is increasing.
- _____ has steadily improved.
- _____ has been steadily improving.
- In ______, _____ has demonstrated a positive attitude toward wanting to improve.
- _____ appears to be eager to learn more. In _______, _____ has experienced rapid expansion.
- Academically, _____ is making steady progress.
- The quality of _____'s work is improving.
- _____ has improved her _____ abilities.
- _____ has demonstrated a positive desire to improve herself in _____.
- If he were more interested in _______, his performance would increase.
- This reporting period, _____ has made significant progress.
- I'm pleased to see that _____ is maturing well, and I hope that this trend continues.
- The classroom attitude of _____ has improved.
Work habits - General Report Card Comments:
- As I have stated in my reports, _______ does not manage his time effectively in class. Please explain to him that we study in class and play only at particular times during the school day.
- When ______ is able to relax, she produces considerably better results. She does, however, frequently seek the attention of her peers, which causes everyone to be distracted.
- _________ must continue to improve his work habits, as we mentioned in earlier meetings. We need to encourage him to take his work much more seriously.
- ______ enjoys participating in artistic pursuits. However, I am concerned about how much time she spends painting when she has other responsibilities. Could we possibly meet to explore methods for assisting ________ in resolving this problem?
- _______ is now working on grade-level material. I am confident, though, that he is capable of producing superior work. I'm confident that his work will improve as his attention improves.
- ______ wastes a lot of his work time daydreaming and then fails to finish on time. He is capable of doing the work in the time provided, and he needs to get started.
- _______ has done some good work, but it hasn't been consistent. She is a very gregarious and restless person who frequently does not complete her assignment on time. Thank you so much for your assistance at home. Please keep working with her on this matter.
- _______ is very eager to do her work, yet she can be a nuisance to the other pupils. Despite the fact that she has made improvement in this area over the last month, she still has work to do.
- ______ is having trouble because he frequently speaks out loud, disrupting the other pupils. He's working on changing this unhealthy behaviour, and he's made some progress in the last several weeks.
- _________ needs to continue to improve his work habits, as we mentioned in earlier meetings. We must motivate him to take his task more seriously.
- _______ has done some excellent work, but it hasn't been consistent. She is a social butterfly who is often agitated and frequently fails to complete her tasks on time. I appreciate your assistance at home. Continue to collaborate with her on this matter.
- _______ is very eager to do her work, yet she can be a nuisance to the other pupils. She has made progress in this area over the last month, but she still has work to do.
Work habits - listening skills:
- _____ is improving her ability to pay attention to directions.
- _____ is working on improving her listening skills.
- ______ is learning to listen and share.
- _____ pays close attention to what is being said.
- _____ is a hard worker who listens carefully.
- _____ assesses what she hears.
- All instructions must be followed by _____.
- Directions are tough for _____ to follow.
Work habits - Quality of work:
- The handiwork of _____ is superb.
- _____ appreciates doing nice, meticulous work.
- The work of _____ is tidy and precise.
- _____ creates vibrant and intriguing artwork.
- Work well done is something that _____ is proud of.
- _____ is prone to making careless mistakes.
- _____ is untidy.
- Proofreading is something that _____ must do.
Work habits - Time management:
- _____ is learning to use his free time wisely.
- _____ is always efficient with her time.
- _____ never finishes assignments in the time provided.
- During work hours, _____ is getting more dependable.
- _____ is on the verge of being self-sufficient.
- _____ is growing more self-sufficient.
- On assignments, _____ works autonomously.
- _____ is unable to do individual assignments.
- _____ is a good listener, but she needs to work faster.
- _____ needs to be pushed.
- _____ lacks self-sufficiency.
- _____ is prone to being easily distracted.
- _____ operates at a slow pace.
- _____ does not finish assignments in the time allotted.
- _____ appears unable to complete the required work.
- _____ frequently completes work ahead of schedule.
- _____ is indifferent about the value of time.
- In his written work, _____ sacrifices accuracy for the sake of speed.
Work habits - Work potential and effort report card comments:
- _____ has a lot of potential and is working hard to realise it.
- _____ is performing to the best of his or her ability.
- _____ is a dependable and conscientious worker.
- _____ is enthusiastic about his or her job in general.
- _____ is looking for information.
- _____ is a dedicated student.
- _____ is very conscientious.
- _____ is a pleasant and responsible student.
- _____ is a dedicated worker.
- During the ___ period, _____ is a hard worker.
- _____ is a respectful and conscientious student.
- If _____ is to gain the fundamentals required for ____ grade work, he must improve his work habits.
- _____'s efforts are inconsistent, particularly in ____.
- When not directly supervised, _____ makes little effort. _____ is eager to please.
Personality and Attitude - General report card comments:
- Although ______'s attitude toward his schoolwork has improved, it has not been consistent. Throughout the rest of the school year, he will require consistent guidance from both home and school.
- This report card reflects _______'s attitude toward school. He could do better if he worked harder and cooperated more.
- This reporting quarter reflects ______'s attitude toward our school rules, other students, and myself. She has the potential to be a successful student if she works hard enough.
- As my previous reports have shown, _____ does not complete his schoolwork. He can do better if he makes the decision to work harder and finish his assignments.
- Although _____'s attitude toward her classmates has improved, she still needs to be reminded to be respectful on a regular basis.
- As we discussed in our last meeting, _______ has a negative attitude toward basic skills. Please continue to do a nightly review with her, focusing especially on .
- Thank you for your enthusiasm for our class. I am pleased to report that ______ is improving in terms of his attitude in our classroom.
- ______ has made great strides this year in terms of her attitude in the classroom and on the playground.
- If ______ is to overcome her attitude and social difficulties, I will continue to need your assistance and support. If she can make a positive effort in this area, she will find school much more enjoyable.
- ________'s attitude has improved over time. Thank you for your cooperation and support.
Personality and Attitude - Attitude:
- _____ has a fantastic attitude.
- _____ has a great attitude toward school.
- _____ maintains a positive attitude toward school.
- _____ takes responsibility well and has a pleasant demeanour.
- _____ takes the initiative and thinks things through on his own.
- _____ is changing his attitude toward __ grade.
- _____ must improve his or her classroom demeanour.
Personality and attitude - Personality:
- _____ is a nice student to work with.
- _____ is an exceptionally thoughtful student.
- _____ has a pleasant demeanour.
- _____ is a pleasant and friendly person.
- _____ is cooperative and content.
- _____ is courteous and cooperative.
- _____ has a friendly attitude.
- _____ is a joy to be around.
- _____ is a pleasant and helpful person.
- _____ is a pleasant and cooperative youngster.
- _____ is a cheerful, well-adjusted child, but_____.
- _____ is self-assured and well-mannered.
- We all enjoy _____'s sense of humour.
- _____ is amusing and enjoys the stories we read.
- _____ is easily disturbed.
- _____ is prone to crying.
- _____ appears tired a lot at school.
- Although ____________'s social maturity is increasing, it is inconsistent.
Personality and Attitude - Participation:
- _____ is excited about taking part.
- _____ contributes significantly in class.
- _____ is a frequent volunteer.
- _____ is eager to participate in all classroom activities.
- _____ is enthusiastic about what we do.
- _____ contributes significantly.
- _____ participates actively in discussions about ____
- _____ responds nicely.
- _____ addresses the group with confidence.
- _____ takes turns speaking.
- Participating in conversations and discussions is something that _____ enjoys doing.
- In class, _____ should take an active role in the discussion.
End of Year - General Report Card Comments:
- This year has seen a significant improvement in ______'s study habits. Please keep working on these abilities over the summer.
- Thank you for your interest in this year's schoolwork of _____ . Her work will provide her with a great deal of satisfaction if she continues to put forth the effort.
- ______ is a good citizen who works hard. I've had a great time having him in my class this year. Have a fantastic summer!
- This year, ______ has matured nicely. His progress over the last three months has been impressive. I'm hoping that this effort and attitude will continue into the next school year.
- Thank you for your interest in our class this year and for your support. ______ is a diligent student who should do well in the ____ grade.
End of Year - Phrases:
- This year, both academically and socially, ______ has matured nicely.
- ______'s friendly, genuine demeanour has made him a popular member of the __ grade.
- This summer, ______ would benefit from reading a lot of library books.
- If ______ is to succeed in the _____ grade, he must improve his reading speed and comprehension.
- As the year progressed, ______ continued to bloom.
- ______ made my year more enjoyable.
- ______ is a very pleasant and willing worker who takes a keen interest in all of her work. It's been great having her in my room.
- Thank you for the assistance I'm sure you've provided her.
- Please continue with _____ review and as many reading experiences as possible over the summer.
- Thank you for your interest in ______'s personality.
- I'm sorry I couldn't meet you this year.
- Thank you for your help.
- With her friendly, cooperative demeanour, ______ will always be a welcome addition to any class.
- I've had a good time being associated with ______.
- I had a great time having ______ in my class.
- It was a pleasure having ______ in my class.
Language Arts and Reading - Report Card Remarks:
- ______'s reading has improved significantly over the course of the year. Please continue to read with her every night.
- ______ is an excellent public speaker. Her written work, on the other hand, could be much better. With more effort, progress should be made gradually.
- ______ has made significant progress in her creative writing. She's gotten better at using more colourful words.
- ______ is making great strides in her reading of sight words. Please keep practising with him every night.
- Since the beginning of the school year, ______'s spelling scores have significantly improved. The fact that he studies his spelling words every night has made a significant difference. Thank you for your assistance.
- ______ is having trouble writing clear, fluent sentences, despite her best efforts. Is it possible for us to meet to discuss some useful strategies?
Language Arts and Reading - Listening:
- ______ pays close attention to stories.
- ______ can tell the difference between sounds in words.
- ______ has trouble differentiating between sounds in words.
Language Arts and Reading - Reading and Vocabulary report card comments:
- ______ picks up new words rapidly.
- ______ needs to improve his reading speed and comprehension.
- _______ has a well-developed reading vocabulary.
- ______ is a voracious reader.
- ______ is now aware of and proficient in the use of ____ consonant and vowel sounds.
- The sounds ____ and ____ are mixed up by _____ .
- ______ may blend short words without help by utilising the vowel(s) .
- ______ is working on attacking words on his own.
- The reading of ______ is.. (smooth, jerky, hesitant, rapid, irregular, or fluent).
- ______ understands what she is reading.
- ______ enjoys reading and is passionate about literature.
- ______ is able to read and follow instructions.
- _____ sight words are now recognised by ____ .
- ______ enjoys reading.
- To retain reading vocabulary, ______ requires a lot of repetition and practise.
- ______ continues to mix up words that appear to be the same.
- ______ is starting to read phrases and groupings of words.
- The reading of ______ is getting habitual.
- The reading of ______ is still not automatic.
- ______ enjoys talking about the stories we've been reading.
- ______ can read his sentences back
Language Arts and Reading- Speaking:
- ______ uses entire sentences when speaking.
- ______ expresses himself clearly.
- (Pronouns, verbs) are difficult for ______ to correctly use.
- Dramatization is something that ______ appreciates.
- ______ possesses a strong oral vocabulary.
- ______ employs proper punctuation.
- When speaking, ______ utilises a lot of colourful words.
- When speaking, ______ utilises (complicated, basic) sentences.
- ______ takes part in a group storytelling session.
Language Arts and Reading - Writing:
- ______ must use his or her abilities in all written work.
- ______ is a fantastic writer of creative stories and poetry.
- ______ can accurately arrange periods and question marks.
- In his writing, ______ employs a variety of colourful words.
- In her work, ______ employs (complicated, simple) sentences.
- ______ can now compose a complete sentence on his own.
- ______ can compose a two- to four-sentence original tale.
- ______ arranges words in the correct sequence.
- In writing, ______ demonstrates self-assurance.
- ______ can put together a number of similar sentences.
- ______ is working on expanding his spelling vocabulary.
- To look up unusual words, ______ consults a dictionary.
- ______ enjoys learning new words to spell.
- ______ has an easy time learning to spell words.
- ______ has a tendency of reversing letters in words.
- ______ has trouble memorising non-phonetic word spellings.
- To recall spelling, ______ makes use of hand or body motions.
General and Handwriting - General Report Card Remarks:
- ______'s basic skills are all on grade level, but he is not working to his full potential.
- Over the last quarter, ______'s schoolwork has improved. I sincerely hope that this work will continue.
- ______'s actions are still inconsistent. She continues to struggle with obeying school rules and treating other pupils with respect. Please call to schedule a meeting. Thank you for your unwavering support and assistance from home. It's clear that you've been spending extra time with ______ on his schooling.
- Since our last meeting, ______ has improved. I recommend that you keep working on ______ every night.
- ______ is a well-mannered and vigilant ____ grader. He needs to be encouraged to engage in class because he is a quiet boy. Any assistance you can provide from your own home would be really valuable.
- ______ has made a good transition to her new school. Could you please contact me as soon as you have moved into your new home to arrange a meeting?
- ______ is becoming more self-assured.
- ______ is adhering to grade-level standards.
- ______ does a fantastic job in everything he does.
- ______ is a hard worker who excels in all areas.
- ______ is a person who thinks clearly.
- ______'s thoughts are well-organized.
- It is important to encourage ______ to .
- ______ requires a lot of encouragement.
- ______ is a creative person.
- ______ is a frequent latecomer.
- ______ takes a lot of time off.
- ______ has not completed her makeup work.
- ______ is a bright student who appears to ponder deeply.
- ______ is quick to pick up on new concepts.
- ______ is a person who talks a much.
- ______ should devote more time to his or her allotted job.
- ______ does not devote enough time to his or her homework.
- ______ has to work on his or her self-control.
- A meeting has been requested.
- Please call to schedule a meeting.
- Your unwavering cooperation and assistance are greatly appreciated.
- It is conceivable for ______ to achieve higher grades than expected.
General and Handwriting - Handwriting:
- The handwriting of ______ needs to be improved.
- ______'s motor skills are good/ bad/ fine.
- ______ can print along the lines.
- ______ appropriately spaces letters and words.
- The work of ______ is untidy.
- ______ does not properly form letters.
- Although some of ______'s printing is excellent, it is frequently clumsy in daily assignments.
- Demonstrates perseverance in distance learning and serves as a role model for other students.
- TEAMS is used to submit class assignments and communicate with teachers and classmates.
- Has done an excellent job of navigating new technology and troubleshooting technical issues.
- Completes asynchronous and autonomous work and always meets deadlines.
- When it comes to completing learning assignments, she goes above and beyond in terms of detail and quality.
- With online learning, ____ has successfully maintained his/her class demeanour and work habits.
- _____ is methodical in his approach, thinks things through for himself, and is a quick and eager student.
- _____ is fascinated by the nature of learning and always puts in his or her best effort to find the greatest available solutions.
- _____ is a focused and enthusiastic participant in the online learning session, and works with zeal and determination.
- _____ is able to reach his or her full potential, as evidenced by his or her contributions to conversations and work submitted.
- Maintains focus in online learning despite technological challenges and changes associated with remote learning.
- ___ enthusiastically engages in class discussions and works effectively with peers.
- ___ takes charge of his or her own education and always asks for support when needed.
- Always arrives on time for class and is a dedicated student.
- ___ was usually well-prepared, well-organized, and enthusiastic about making the most of online classes.
- ___ is a dedicated student who participates actively in class. His/her suggestions are useful and entertaining.
- ___ takes an active interest in his or her own learning, pays close attention, and makes a concerted effort to avoid distractions that could disrupt the learning process.
- ___ is a person who takes responsibility and accountability seriously. He or she makes sound decisions and is open to new ideas.
- ___ gets along well with his peers and values varied viewpoints and experiences.
- ___ is constantly looking for ways to assist in the classroom.
- ___ is dependable and trustworthy, follows instructions well, and keeps his or her promises to himself and others.
- In written and verbal communication, ___ is thoughtful, insightful, and comprehensive, and has a talent for clearly conveying his or her ideas.
- When solving problems with students, ___ displays maturity and exhibits good communication skills when sharing thoughts and ideas about a certain topic/concept.
- ___ excels at transferring classroom knowledge to real-world and real-life circumstances.
- It's been a delight having ____'s energy, optimism, and maturity in my class.
- ____ is a classmate who is eager about learning and willing to try new things.
- During class, ____ is focused and willing to provide ideas.
- With confidence and determination, ____ completes solo work.
- ____ is a self-starter who takes pride in her job.
- In class, ____ is attentive and eager to engage in discussions.
- ____ is a very conscientious worker who puts in a lot of effort and attention on a daily basis.
- In his or her daily labour, ____ makes a willing and conscientious effort.
- ____ makes a conscious effort to study new things and improve his or her knowledge.
- This term, ____ has done an outstanding job confronting and overcoming significant obstacles. Throughout the summer, please continue to foster and support this behaviour.
- When given instructions, ____ takes responsibility and follows them.
- ____ has trouble keeping on task and finishing his or her assignment.
- He or she must pay close attention to directions in order to learn to operate autonomously.
- Reminders about the regular classroom schedule are required. It would be beneficial to talk about the classroom routine at home.
- Turns in incomplete work or no homework on a regular basis. Encouraging ____ to complete his or her work on time and according to the timetable and timeline set, so enhancing his or her organisational skills.
- Does not actively participate in group activities; therefore, is encouraged to put forth effort in order to improve communication skills as well as attention and confidence.
- ___ was an active participant in online learning sessions, but she needed to be reminded from time to time to allow other students to share their work and ideas as well.
- ___ participates enthusiastically in online group activities, but finds it difficult to work independently.
- During class, ___'s engagement and behaviour are inconsistent and disengaged.
- ___ is having trouble grasping concepts. It would be useful to pay more attention to the required tasks and to attend the online classes on a regular basis.
- When it comes to schoolwork, ___ needs a lot of help from adults. She has trouble grasping simple concepts and is unable to work on her own.
- In the online learning environment, ___ struggled to engage and participate in discussions and activities.
- ___ has not worked hard enough to satisfy the grade level objectives. It would be great to have regular work habits, active engagement, and the ability to clarify doubts.
- ___ needs to pay greater attention to guidance throughout lessons in order to apply concepts learned and complete given assignments.
- ___ would benefit from demonstrating a stronger desire to participate in class discussions.
- ___ needs to be reminded to pay attention during instructions and lessons on a regular basis.
- ___ has trouble focusing in class, which hinders his or her ability to participate fully in class activities and tasks.
- ___ is encouraged to make good use of his or her time in order to finish things on schedule.
- ___ is encouraged to take greater responsibility for completing chores without the need for frequent reminders.
- ___ must demonstrate that he or she is engaged in the learning process through the quality of his or her work and the efficient use of class time.
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110 Evaluative Remarks On Students Performance from Teacher
As a teacher, one of the greatest ways to help your students either excellent one or the one that needs to improve is by giving honest feedback or remarks on their performance. This will help them know what they are doing well and what knows to be improved.
Writing remarks on students’ performance can also be a great way for you to express your honest thoughts, opinions, or observations on the student’s overall performance, and communicate them to their parents or guardians. It is indeed a great platform to share your feedback.
However, remarks must be constructive and focused on inspiring and encouraging the students, and not tearing them down. Do you need some insights or ideas on how to write the most effective remarks for students’ performance? Say no more, this article is prepared to give you the best ideas and examples of a series of remarks either for that excellent student or the one that needs a little more push to get there.
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Remarks On Students Performance
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1. I’m highly impressed with your excellent performance in the just concluded academic session. Keep it up, dear. The sky is your starting point.
2. You have displayed a high level of commitment to your academics. This is quite remarkable! Well done, the sky is your starting point.
3. Such a hardworking and committed student like you deserves to be praised. Keep up the good work, dear.
4. Your level of dedication to your academics is highly commendable. You have proven yourself excellent with your performance. I’m highly impressed.
5. Your hard work and commitment as a student are reflected in your excellent performance. Your results are excellent. I’m super proud of you.
6. You have displayed a high level of intellectual prowess as a student. Your performance so far has been laudable. Keep soaring.
7. You have set yourself as a good example of excellence to your fellow students. I’m highly impressed with your performance. I’m so proud of you.
8. Your high level of devotion and hard work in your studies has earned you this excellent performance. Keep the flag flying!
9. I’m super proud of you for your outstanding performance. Your hard work as a student is very noticeable. Keep up the good work.
10. I commend you for your effort in always giving your best to your studies. Your outstanding performance is well deserved. Do not relent.
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While writing remarks for students performance, it must be less critical and more focused on the positive sides of the student. Whether it is meant for a good student, or for a student with less satisfactory performance.
You must learn to understand your student and see how to deal with them in a positive and less critical manner. If you’ve got a student who needs a dose of encouragement in form of a positive comment, or a student who is indeed doing well and needs to be commended positively, the next few lines feature some amazing positive comments for students’ performance.
Let’s take a look:
11. Your emergence as the most outstanding student is a no-brainer, you are known to be hardworking and well-behaved. I am so happy for you. Keep the fire burning.
12. I’m so excited to see you improve so drastically over this short period. Your resilience and dedication to excellence are really paying off. I’m super proud of you.
13. Your daily investment in your academics is quite impressive. I’m so glad to see your outstanding performance. Keep it up, dear.
14. In less than a month, you have improved so greatly and caught up with your peers. I’m super excited to witness this. You are an inspiration.
15. Your performance in your assessment results gave me so much joy. Your tenacity and devotion to your studies have helped you achieve this feat. You have done excellently well. Keep the fire burning.
16. I am highly impressed with your performance. It’s great to see that you are pushing really hard for your goals. Keep it up, dear.
17. Your story is highly inspiring. I’m so excited to see you grow from average to the best. Thank you for not giving up on yourself. You are a superhero.
18. I see a bright future ahead of you. You have maintained your excellent position through your dedication, hard work, and tenacious spirit. Keep the flag flying.
19. You are a student I so much believe in. I admire your resilience and determination to grow. Your success is proof of your secret hard work. I’m so proud of you, dear.
20. Your quest for growth is astounding. You are always open to learning, hardworking, and committed to studying. I am impressed with your performance. You deserve some accolades.
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21. This is an excellent performance! I’m highly impressed with your results. Keep soaring, dear. The sky is your starting point.
22. Your coming out with flying colors is obviously the result of your secret hard work and commitment. Keep winning, dear.
23. Don’t stop working, don’t stop pushing, there is a bright future waiting ahead of you. Your outstanding performance is clear proof.
24. You are doing excellently well. Keep working harder, and in no time, you’ll see yourself where you want to be.
25. Your dreams are valid; you’ve got all it takes if only you could push a little harder.
26. You are one student I’m very proud of. I appreciate your hard work and dedication to your studies. Your effort is applaudable.
27. Such a spectacular performance from you is highly commendable. I’m so proud of you, my dear student. Keep it up.
28. I’m glad to see how well you are catching up on your academics. Your performance Is so impressive and I’m super proud of you.
29. You are not only an intelligent student, but you are also calm and well-behaved. This is a great recipe for a bright future. I am so proud of you.
30. I am super excited about your performance. Keep up being the devoted and hardworking student you are. The sky is your starting point.
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31. You are marked with a distinct trait of excellence; I know the sky is your starting point. Keep the fire burning.
32. I’m so glad to witness your growth over time. You have improved in all areas and I’m very proud of you. This is a laudable development, dear. Keep the energy alive.
33. You have proven yourself to be a reliable student. I’m persuaded that your success in life shall be astounding. Keep soaring, dear.
34. I appreciate your diligence and commitment to your studies. You’ve proven to everyone that hard work pays. Keep up the good work, dear.
35. Such a great performance as this must not go unrewarded. Kudos to you for this astounding achievement. Well done!
36. You are just so amazing. Congratulations on this great feat. I am super proud to have you as my student. Keep winning!
37. It’s exciting to have a student who is committed to learning and self-development. It’s such an honor to work with you. I wish you all the best in your endeavors.
38. Congratulations on this excellent performance. It is a feat well deserved. Keep being hardworking and committed to your studies. This is just the beginning.
39. I am proud of you as my student. Your level of intellectual ability is daunting; it is no doubt that you have invested so much in yourself. Keep flying, dear. The sky is your starting point.
40. Your attitude determines how far you will go in life. You have exhibited excellent character and an outstanding attitude. Keep moving, you are meant for the top!
41. Checking through your records, I can boldly say that you are drastically improving on your studies. This is highly impressive. Just keep it up.
42. Your level of commitment and eagerness to learn is highly encouraging. I’m persuaded that you are all set for tremendous academic success. Keep the fire burning, dear.
43. Your level of wisdom is incredible. It’s good to know that you are very dedicated and intentional about your success. Keep the train moving!
44. I’m always excited to see your progress. Your growth has been drastic and amazingly progressive. I’m very happy for you. This is just the beginning.
45. Congratulations on your new achievement. I believe this is a reward for sleepless nights and daily efforts. Your achievement is rightly deserved. I am super proud of you.
46. You are a very hardworking and industrious student, I’m sure all these go into the result we all are seeing now. Emerging the overall best student is well deserved. Enjoy all the goodies it brings.
47. Your performance gives me a sense of joy and fulfillment as your teacher. I am very excited and super proud of you as my student. Keep winning.
48. I am very impressed by your performance. It’s great to see you come this far as my student. You are such an amazing student.
49. Your results gladden my heart. I’m so impressed by your performance. Keep up the good work. I wish you all the best in your endeavor.
50. Great people are known not necessarily by what they say but by their actions and attitude. Your attitude greatly suggests that you are marked for greatness, just keep it up. I am so proud of you.
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51. It’s so exciting to watch you grow both physically and mentally. Your daily development is enough as a daily dose of inspiration for me. Keep growing, Ella, I love you.
52. It’s so sweet that I’m finally getting to write this report. I am so glad that Ryan is really catching up with his peers and it’s so exciting to see him doing so excellently.
53. Little Billy is amazing! Smart, curious, and highly intelligent. It’s always an exciting moment with him.
54. It’s so exciting to be blessed with this cute little soul in my class. Very active and smart. Jaden is doing really great!
55. I can’t believe little Mitch could learn so fast! It’s so exciting to see her catch up so quickly. Her cute pretty smiles bless my day.
56. I’m very excited to watch Jaden mingle and adapt so fast with his peers. Always ready to help and highly intelligent!
57. Loren is such a smart kid. Very active in class and always eager to learn. I see great potential developing in her.
58. My bond with Billy is incredible. A cute little boy with a good heart. His level of intelligence still baffles me for a chap of his age!
59. I’m so excited to write this report about Greg. Greg is improving a lot and I’m so happy to witness his process. I’m sure he’ll catch up in no time.
60. Little Jenny is such a genius! Calm, intelligent, well-behaved, and highly curious! I bet no one would be around Jenny and not love her.
61. Jaden is very enthusiastic and exhibits incredible problem-solving skills among his peers. He needs to be encouraged to explore more and handle some less critical situations independently.
62. Tyler’s behavior is highly impressive. She is a valuable member of the classroom with a high level of confidence and positivity. She is an amazing role model and highly motivational to her classmates.
63. Jenny has exhibited an impressive ability to stay persistent and dedicated to her goal. She is an amazing go-getter and an excellent cheerleader
64. I haven’t met such a calm and attentive learner as Cardon. He is always interested in learning new things and makes every effort to avoid any form of distraction whenever he is learning.
65. John is inarguably the coolest dude in class. He has formed a great relationship with his classmates, and always looking for ways to be helpful to them.
66. One thing one found admirable about Alice is how she manages her emotions correctly and responds to feedback more maturely.
67. Brian is good at applying what he has been taught in class to real-life situations. This makes him an excellent learner.
68. It’s exciting to have Vivian’s positivity, enthusiasm, and amazing nature with me in the class always.
69. There is a different spark Lola’s presence adds to the classroom. It’s always a pleasure to have her around.
70. Brian always shows a willingness to learn. He is an enthusiastic and dedicated member of the class. I’m super proud of him.
71. This is a wonderful performance, Joyce, I’m super proud of you. I’m sure you’ll do better in the coming academic session.
72. I’m highly impressed by your results and overall performance so far. You have always exhibited excellent intellectual ability and that is quite impressive.
73. Your quest for knowledge and daily commitment to helping others improve is impressive. I’m super proud of you, Smith. Keep it up.
74. You are a very versatile student who has stricken a healthy balance between academic and social life. I’m glad to see your overall performance. Keep winning.
75. Your overall performance in this session is quite encouraging. I love how you were able to improve on those subjects you were weak in, and still maintained your top position in those you are doing well in. Keep it up.
76. You are such an amazing student. You’ve got an excellent leadership quality and a great intellectual prowess to drive it. Keep it up, Dan.
77. I’m sure you must be very excited and proud of yourself when you see your results and overall performance report. I’m so glad you put in the hard work required to achieve your goals as a student. Keep it up, Les. I’m super proud of you.
78. This is a great performance, Harry. You are a very smart learner and an excellent student. I love how you always pay attention in class and strive to learn more about everything. Keep up the energy, the sky is your starting point.
79. I’m super excited to write this comment on your overall performance. Your growth has been very progressive and it’s quite impressive to witness it. Keep moving, Drew, this is just the beginning.
80. You have moved so fast, and your performance is very encouraging to everyone. Good job, Betty! I’m super proud of you.
81. Harry has shown excellent Math solving skills. He’s got a great knack for Maths related topics and is always ready to help his colleagues in solving mathematics problems.
82. Bill always demonstrates a good understanding of Science. He’s always extra attentive in science classes and shows a high level of curiosity in science discussion classes.
83. Dan communicates with clarity and finds fun in playing with words. He’s got an excellent command of English language vocabulary for a boy of his age.
84. Ryan will make a great Mathematics genius. He is always delivering excellent assignments and especially finds hands-on math activities exciting.
85. Zian seems to have gained a good mastery of essay writing. She is always very attentive to putting care into her essay writing assignments and often goes beyond the minimum requirements for assignments.
86. Lillian’s overall performance has greatly improved. However, she needs to put more effort into her math-solving skills and pay more attention in class.
87. It’s great to see that you are gradually improving your writing skill. However, I will encourage you to put in more effort so that you will be able to meet up with the demand for the next session.
88. I’m so excited to see that you are now always eager to apply the punctuation and grammatical rules in your writing. This is quite impressive. Keep it up.
89. It’s great to see that you can now solve some simple mathematics problems faster than before. I hope you will keep practicing more so that you will finally be able to solve tougher problems.
90. I observe you are putting extra effort to make your handwriting legible. I also notice you are now paying attention to your spelling and this makes your writings look awesome. I’m glad to see this improvement, and I’m super proud of you.
91. I’m so proud of you, John. You are always well-behaved and ready to help your fellow students. Keep it up!
92. You’ll make a good leader, Drae, you’ve got excellent communication skills and you are also a great team player. I’m so proud of you.
93. It’s great to see you grow this much, Jeff. I’m glad to see that you pay attention to details, and always turn in your assignment on time. Keep up the good work.
94. The sky is indeed your starting point, Bob. I commend you for your hard work, and for always going the extra mile on your tasks. Keep soaring, boy. I’m proud of you.
95. It’s great to see that you are very serious about your studies and always ask intelligent questions in class. This shows how committed and open to learning you are. Keep it up.
96. I see that you are struggling with your class exercise. You need to learn to pay attention in class and stay more focused on your studies.
97. It seems you are yet to gain mastery of the previous lessons taught on punctuation, I’ll advise you to take your time to study the lessons better so that you’ll improve on your writing and be able to come up with well-punctuated writing.
98. It’s not impressive to see that you are having a hard time getting along with your fellow students. You need to learn how to relate better and be more patient with others.
99. I hope you’ll work harder and avoid every distraction so that you can come up with a better result by the end of this session.
100. You need to stay more focused and dedicated to your studies to avoid getting low grades. Feel free to reach out to me if you need help.
101. I’m highly impressed by your continuous effort to improve your writing. You are doing really great. Keep it up.
102. I observe you are making an extra effort to improve your mathematics skills by asking questions in class more often and staying back to study after school. This is highly impressive. Don’t forget that you can always reach out to me if you need help.
103. You have improved very greatly over the past few weeks. I perceive that you are putting more work into your studies lately. Keep it up.
104. It gladdens my heart to see that you are improving more in science. I’m so proud of you, John. I can’t wait to see you do better.
105. I know you must have put in a lot of work to have improved this much in your studies. This is quite impressive. All I will say is, Do not relent, keep the zeal burning, and in no time you’ll see yourself flying.
106. It’s nice to see that you are finding it easy to gain mastery of the topics being discussed in class. I can see the extra effort you are putting into your studies and I commend you for that.
107. You are such an excellent problem-solving student. The way you led the class during the quiz shows how much investment you have made in your academics. I’m very proud of you, Joan.
108. I find your overall performance highly inspiring. I’m glad you were able to channel your energy correctly and come out with good grades on your tests. Keep the flag flying.
109. You have got excellent results. The way you managed to move to the top of your class is highly amazing. Keep being hardworking and dedicated. The sky is surely your starting point.
110. Your commitment to class activities and extra effort to understand each subject better is commendable. Congratulations on this amazing performance . Kudos to you.
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In recent years, homework has become a very hot topic . Many parents and educators have raised concerns about homework and questioned how effective it is in enhancing students’ learning. There are also concerns that students may be getting too much homework, which ultimately interferes with quality family time and opportunities for physical activity and play . Research suggests that these concerns may be valid. For example, one study reported that elementary school students, on average, are assigned three times the recommended amount of homework.
So what does the research say? What are the potential risks and benefits of homework, and how much is too much?
First, research finds that homework is associated with higher scores on academic standardized tests for middle and high school students, but not elementary school students . A recent experimental study in Romania found some benefit for a small amount of writing homework in elementary students but not math homework. Yet, interestingly, this positive impact only occurred when students were given a moderate amount of homework (about 20 minutes on average).
The goal of homework is not simply to improve academic skills. Research finds that homework may have some non-academic benefits, such as building responsibility , time management skills, and task persistence . Homework may also increase parents’ involvement in their children’s schooling. Yet, too much homework may also have some negative impacts on non-academic skills by reducing opportunities for free play , which is essential for the development of language, cognitive, self-regulation and social-emotional skills. Homework may also interfere with physical activity and too much homework is associated with an increased risk for being overweight . As with the research on academic benefits, this research also suggests that homework may be beneficial when it is minimal.
What is the “right” amount of homework?
Research suggests that homework should not exceed 1.5 to 2.5 hours per night for high school students and no more than one hour per night for middle school students. Homework for elementary school students should be minimal and assigned with the aim of building self-regulation and independent work skills. Any more than this and homework may no longer have a positive impact.
The National Education Association recommends 10 minutes of homework per grade and there is also some experimental evidence that backs this up.
Research finds that homework provides some academic benefit for middle and high school students but is less beneficial for elementary school students. Research suggests that homework should be none or minimal for elementary students, less than one hour per night for middle school students, and less than 1.5 to 2.5 hours for high school students.
What can parents do?
Research finds that parental help with homework is beneficial but that it matters more how the parent is helping rather than how often the parent is helping.
So how should parents help with homework, according to the research?
- Focus on providing general monitoring, guidance and encouragement, but allow children to generate answers on their own and complete their homework as independently as possible . Specifically, be present while they are completing homework to help them to understand the directions, be available to answer simple questions, or praise and acknowledge their effort and hard work. Research shows that allowing children more autonomy in completing homework may benefit their academic skills.
- Only provide help when your child asks for it and step away whenever possible. Research finds that too much parental involvement or intrusive and controlling involvement with homework is associated with worse academic performance .
- Help your children to create structure and develop some routines that help your child to independently complete their homework . Have a regular time and place for homework that is free from distractions and has all of the materials they need within arm’s reach. Help your child to create a checklist for homework tasks. Create rules for homework with your child. Help children to develop strategies for increasing their own self-motivation. For example, developing their own reward system or creating a homework schedule with breaks for fun activities. Research finds that providing this type of structure and responsiveness is related to improved academic skills.
- Set specific rules around homework. Research finds an association between parents setting rules around homework and academic performance.
- Help your child to view homework as an opportunity to learn and improve skills. Parents who view homework as a learning opportunity (that is, a “mastery orientation”) rather than something that they must get “right” or complete successfully to obtain a higher grade (that is, a “performance orientation”) are more likely to have children with the same attitudes.
- Encourage your child to persist in challenging assignments and emphasize difficult assignments as opportunities to grow . Research finds that this attitude is associated with student success. Research also indicates that more challenging homework is associated with enhanced academic performance.
- Stay calm and positive during homework. Research shows that mothers showing positive emotions while helping with homework may improve children’s motivation in homework.
- Praise your child’s hard work and effort during homework. This type of praise is likely to increase motivation. In addition, research finds that putting more effort into homework may be associated with enhanced development of conscientiousness in children.
- Communicate with your child and the teacher about any problems your child has with homework and the teacher’s learning goals. Research finds that open communication about homework is associated with increased academic performance.
Cara Goodwin, PhD, is a licensed psychologist, a mother of three and the founder of Parenting Translator , a nonprofit newsletter that turns scientific research into information that is accurate, relevant and useful for parents.
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Math 126 Sections C and D: Calculus with Analytic Geometry III
Announcements:, instructor: james zhang, teaching assistants:.
- Two Quizzes together -- 10 %
- Homework -- 10 %
- Exam one -- 20 %
- Exam two -- 20 %
- Final Exam -- 40 %
Homework will be assigned and collected via Webassign for all Math 126 classes. Homework will be due at 11:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting week 2. If you need to purchase a Webassign code, one option is to get a $40 code directly from WebAssign after you log in, or you can read Webassign for more information. If you want to learn how to use Webassign, please check the website How to use Webassign. To access and submit your homework, please check the website Homework. (Or use the link ``Register for and Access WebAssign Math 126 C and D'' provided in Canvas.) No late homework will be accepted.
- Quiz 1 on Oct. 10 (Tuesday) will cover Sect. 12.1-12.5.
- Quiz 2 on Nov. 7 (Tuesday) will cover Sect. 10.3 and Chapter 14.
- Exam 1 on Oct. 26 (Thursday) will cover Chapters 12 and 13.
- Exam 2 on Nov. 16 (Thursday) will cover Section 10.3, Chapters 14 and 15.
- The common final exam for all Math 126 students will take place on Saturday, Dec. 9, 5:00-7:50pm. The final exam will cover "Taylor Notes" and Chapters 10-15.
- Students who are unable to take the exam at this time must petition to take the make-up final. You can find department common final information here.
- You must bring your Photo ID to all exams.
- If you need accommodations because of a disability, please contact Disability Resources for Students.
- For religious accommodations, please see this page.
Rules for taking quizzes and exams:
- You are allowed to use a TI-30X IIS calculator (no other calculator or electronic device allowed).
- You are allowed to use one page of hand-written notes of standard size.
- There is no make-up. If something unusual happens I expect you to be prompt in letting me know.
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