Recipe For Completing Philosophy Essay Grading


1 x folder for placing completed essays in

1 x pile of essays for grading

2 x pens for grading

1 x rubber duck just because

1 x pencil case with additional pens

1 x pad of marking guide for writing feedback on essays

1 x diary for writing down things that suddenly come to mind and try to distract you from grading.

1 x sticky notes for jotting down points that come in common across essays for general feedback and/or additional notations

1 x phone set on stopwatch in order to practice Pomodoro technique / use as an excuse for a break

1 x notepad for writing down summary of comments (and checking that you spelt things correctly)

1 x headband for keeping hair out of eyes

1 x bowl of gourmet jellybeans allocated one per completed paper

1 x bottle of water (chilled)

1 x glass (for water)

1 x iPod set on Air’s La femme d’argent

1 x noise cancelling headphones


1 x kitten who has found some hessian string and is bouncing about on the floor with it, occasionally squealing that you should play with her.

About Kylie Sturgess

Kylie Sturgess is a former Philosophy teacher, media and psychology student, blogger at Patheos and podcaster at Token Skeptic. She has conducted over a hundred interviews including artists, scientists, politicians and activists, worldwide. She regularly presents a news and current affairs show on RTRFM's The Mag (tune in on Tuesdays!).
She’s the author of the ‘Curiouser and Curiouser‘ column at the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry website and travels internationally lecturing on feminism, skepticism, and science. She files her nails while they drag the lake.