In marking hell, please send help

Slightly over 2/3rds of the way through marking my first exam (90 scripts), and not looking forward to the next two (70 and 120 scripts respectively, but at least I don’t have to mark all of them).

Just found three scripts with a question that has been answered almost identically. Now, I don’t believe that there is any foul play involved, but this means that three (Chinese) students have worked out a good answer to a question (a discursive question that I’ve used in previous years) and have learned it by rote.

The thing is, it’s a good, clear answer, and there’s no breach of academic integrity (they revised together – so what?), but part of me still feels that this Just Isn’t Cricket.

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