Correction Marks for Freshman Composition

P. Aaron Potter
Potter's Field

Caveat Scriptor: The following tips and guidelines for freshman composition classes are provided by P. Aaron Potter, an instructor of English at the University of California, Riverside, for the benefit of his composition students.  Other composition students or instructors are welcome to make use of this material with the understanding that while much of it reflects generally accepted writing practice, it is also indicative of the personal tastes of the author and should in no way be considered an authoritative document.  This is advice I give to my students on how to succeed at writing in my class -- your mileage may vary.  All material is solely a product of P. Aaron Potter and does not reflect the official policy or opinions of the Department of English, the University of California, the government of the United States, or the United Federation of Planets.

Short Marking Guide:  The following are some of the most common marks made on student papers, and their meanings. The mark is given first, then its literal interpretation, and a brief explanation. All marks are in standard format for the University of California campuses :