Peer Marking Guide
This document will be a short guide for participants to marking other teams' position papers in an efficient and objective manner.
In the Peer Marking phase you will be marking the position papers of other teams in your committee. We have implemented this anonymous peer marking system to give you experience in not only writing the position papers, but judging their quality as well.
There are a number of criteria to consider when reading other teams’ position papers. For simplicity’s sake, we have split the marking into two main categories, with each having a number of sub-criteria we expect you to consider.
- Substance: Have several relevant operative clauses been discussed?
- Depth: Is the discussion sufficiently detailed? There should be a good amount of analysis for every main clause identified.
- Context and Examples: Are issues and ideas related back to the assigned country’s history? All issues should be linked to the specific circumstances and opinions of the assigned country and numerous, varied examples should be used to illustrate ideas.
- Voting stance: Is the voting stance made clear with reasoning?
- Structure: Is the content divided up logically? The paper should be easy to read, and have sound internal structure
- Succinctness: Are concepts described with adequate conciseness? There should not be any unnecessary information - remember that the word count should not exceed 500.
- Editing: Are there any spelling/grammar mistakes or poor sentence composition? Position papers should display a strong grasp of the English language
- Overall Impression: What kind of impression did the paper leave? Higher marks should be given to position papers that impressed you overall and were enjoyable to read as a whole
- Referencing: Are sources of information acknowledged appropriately? There should be sustained referencing using footnotes and several sources should be used.
On the marking page for each paper you will be required to input the total marks for both marking categories (content and style) as per the marking schedule. The Overall Total will be automatically calculated by the computer when you submit your marks.
Content can be graded up to a maximum of 10, and Style can be graded to a maximum of 5, as you will see from the input menus.
You can also give some feedback comments. This is optional and we have suggested that your feedback comprise of one positive comment on the paper and one piece of constructive criticism. Please keep in mind that facilitators will screen all feedback comments and those that are inappropriate or offensive will be edited or deleted.
Consistency and Objectivity is the key. Remember that being too nice is just as bad as being really tough. Also, it is important in this Phase to separate your mindset from that of your assigned country and read the Position Papers objectively.
Be aware of the following common sources of subjectivity:
- The “Halo Effect”: where the knowledge of who wrote the answer can affect the score you give them
- The “Relative Effect”: Where a relatively poor paper, read after a poorer one, may be given a higher grade than if it was read after a good paper
- Personal Biases: Where higher marks are given to papers that express views that you may agree with
- Moods and Physical State: Avoid judging the papers when you are tired, hungry, or irritable
Mark as a team. While you may be tempted to split up the marking between the team members individually, you should try to mark as a team, or at least in pairs. This will increase the consistency and accuracy of your marks.
Receiving Feedback. Finally, after the results are announced you will be able to see your paper’s average marks and feedback comments from other teams. When you are reading your feedback, please remember that not all of it is going to be positive, so don’t take it personally. It will be a different perspective and you may disagree with it, but that’s completely fine! Read the feedback, take a break and do something else, and then read it again and take out the information that will help you improve for the next Round.