Sometimes, it can feel like there’s a dissonance between being an English major and deciding what to do with that major. It’s rare that you’ll get to analyze literature for the rest of your career. There are also so many different experiences that the major opens up. So what’s an English major to do?
One opportunity out there, which you can easily do as a student, is called The Graide Network. It’s an online network through which college students score and give feedback on high school and middle school essays. Becoming a graider might be a good fit for you if you enjoy peer reviewing or want to teach.
Even if you don’t want to work with students after graduation, The Graide Network is a good way to improve your editing and reviewing skills, as well as your ability to work with a deadline. It’s also an exciting way to encourage younger writers to foster a love of writing. Every time you give a student feedback, you’re letting them know that these skills are worth refining. There’s nothing like praising a student for a well-placed quote or a deftly-worded thesis!
How does it work? All you have to do to get started is go to thegraidenetwork.com, click on Become a Graider, and start an application! The application process entails scoring a mock assignment, so the Graide Network administrators can see where your skills and weaknesses lie.
Once you’re accepted, you can search the Assignment Board for assignments to score. The site will connect you with a teacher, who will give you the rubric, prompt, and student work you’ll use to score and assess the essays. The website has a built-in interface its graiders use to give feedback, including text boxes for positives and negatives. It’s intuitive and easy to use!
The pay is $10 per predicted grading hour, and some late-notice assignments pay extra. The position is completely remote, and the hours are flexible because you decide when to pick up an assignment. The Graide Network also provides feedback, so you can continue to improve your scoring abilities!
The site is now actively looking for new graiders to support these hardworking teachers and their students. Here’s the message they’ve requested current graiders to share with others:
The Graide Network is an award-winning education technology company that connects K-12 teachers with qualified, on-demand teaching assistants to grade and provide feedback on student work online. “Graiders” provide personalized, actionable, and timely feedback to students and teachers. Their support unlocks the tremendous power of feedback to improve learning for students and puts data at educators’ fingertips like never before. Interested in joining our team? Apply to be a Graider here!