Who we are

A graduate of Anderson School of Management UCLA, Abhinav first realized the need for gradians.com while grading papers for his statistics professor. It occurred to him that if the teachers had to do this themselves, they could not do it very often. This was the genesis of the idea.

Prior to this Abhinav was a software engineer in the semiconductor industry. From a young age he has cultured an avid interest in Computer Programming and an inveterate curiousity in how systems work.

He is also good at racquet sports.

A graduate of NYU's Courant Institute of Mathematical Science, Akshay has been involved with Gradians.com from its inception. He worked in the Financial Services industry for several years before joining Abhinav and brings with him an appreciation for technology driven analysis and data management.

While in graduate school he worked in the New York City public school system as part of an NYU initiative which sent students to High Schools to help as Teaching Assistants.

He shares Abhinav's passion for elegant Software systems and also for sports.

Generally

We do what we do because we believe that a teacher's time is a precious resource that is best spent teaching new concepts and assisting students when they struggle

And so, we started wondering - how can we get teachers more time to do just that?

That is when we decided to address the issue of grading. Assessing student understanding is central to effective pedagogy. But collecting this kind of data takes time - a lot of time

We want to save teachers that time so that they can focus solely and exclusively on students

We want to make it easy for teachers to build a detailed picture of student performance over the course of a school year. We want to leave teachers free to study the statistics and to then use that information to develop strategies for the classroom and for individual students

If we can do that in classrooms around the world, then we would have done good

We are starting with Mathematics. And going forward, we could extend the system to cover the other sciences - like Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science etc.

Social sciences are tricky though. We are not sure whether a History teacher - for example - would agree with our assessment of her student's work. That is not a problem with the sciences though because what is scientifically sound in one place is scientifically sound everywhere else too

Using the website

A quiz is nothing more than a collection of questions - with their solutions

To make a quiz, a teacher first selects the topics she wants to cover and then picks questions on the selected topics. Thereafter, she can use the quiz as a template to make worksheets for students

Please note that a quiz is made just once, but worksheets can be made anytime - and as many times - afterwards. So - for example - you could make a quiz this year and use it to make worksheets for your current batch of students. And next year you could use the same quiz to make worksheets for that year's batch

Just like a quiz - but with blank space after every question for students to write their solution in and with some student-specific information encoded on the page

To make a worksheet, a teacher first selects a quiz from the list of quizzes she has made uptil now and then selects students she wants to make worksheets for

A group is simply a collection of students. If you teach in a school or university environment, then each class or section you teach is what we are calling a group here

However, you can make groups different from the groups you teach in real world. For example, you could make a group called "Gifted Students" that includes the 4-5 best students from each of the sections you teach in the real world. You might want to do this because you would like to give these gifted students extra work over and above their regular course work

Please note that one student can belong to more than group

No, you don't have to stay logged-in. All that the system is telling you is that we have received your request for making a PDF and that the PDF will be compiled and ready for download latest by the specified time

So, in short, you can continue using the site as normal. Make a new quiz for next week. Or perhaps make all the quizzes for the year in one sitting. The PDFs will be ready long before you are ready to print them out

The same is true for worksheets too

On Grading

True. We do not know your students and its unlikely we will ever know them personally

All that we can offer, therefore, is an impartial assessment on the mathematical soundness of a student's work. That assessment includes a numerical score earned on each question. But more importantly it includes open-ended feedback - in the form of comments - that we hope students will use as a basis for further study, discussion and improvement

And for what its worth, we can only submit to you that what is mathematically sound in one place is mathematically sound everywhere else too

As of now, our engineers do. For the subjects we are targetting, we feel our engineers are amply qualified to assess student work - given that they have all studied advanced maths and science at university level
Not directly. For each question, our graders give structured and free-flowing feedback that the system then uses to calculate a numerical score. If two students get the same feedback, then they will get the same score - irrespective of who the graders were

If the work of all students has been scanned together and sent in one set, then we aim to have it graded within three (3) working days after submission

When graded, teachers and students will get an e-mail to let them know that results can now be seen

On Scanning

Not at all. If you can use a printer or a photocopier, then you can use a scanner

Any scanner that can take a bunch of sheets at a time

The only type of scanner we do not recommend is what is called a flat-bed scanner. Its the kind where you have to lift a lid, place a sheet and then scan

The problem with flat-bed scanners is that one can scan only one sheet at a time. Fine for scanning 5-6 sheets. But any more, and its painful to use

Either is fine

You should ask your scanner to scan in text / document mode and then save the scans in PDF format. This way, all your scans would be contained in just one PDF file. You will then upload this PDF file to send

No. If after scanning you have saved scans in a PDF file, then

  • Log into your Gradians.com account
  • Click on Misc > Upload Scans
  • Select the PDF file that has the scans
  • Click on Upload

Thats it! We now have the scans and our system will sort them and distribute them for grading

Sure they can. If you think that your students have easy access to a scanner - either at home or in school - and can use it, then sure - let them do their own scanning and uploading

The procedure for uploading is the same as it is for teachers, namely

  • Students log into their Gradians.com account
  • Then they click on Misc > Upload Scans
  • They select the PDF file that has their scans
  • And then they click on Upload

Contact

Email - help@gradians.com

Skype - gradians.com

Phone - +91-95829-67528, +91-98186-91751