dabroots (dabroots) wrote in academics_anon,

Word count or number of pages?

I'm about to begin another semester of teaching, and this time I'm planning to require an approximate word count for papers instead of number of pages. That's primarily because of many students who persist in composing multiple paragraphs that are rather short and end up having lots of white space at the end of a paragraph's last line, because of those occasional students who just can't seem to get the hang of not hitting return twice between paragraphs, because of a few who indent paragraphs ten spaces rather than five, and because of those who put far too much space at the tops of pages.

What about you? Do you specify a word count or a number of pages?
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