The idea for Dr Retrograde came from an excercise I developed in 2018. I gave my students one of my old first year essays to mark. I didn’t tell them it was mine. The idea was to show them that I, like most, made common writing errors that were easy to fix (if you knew what to look for). I also wanted them to consider their essay from my perspective as the marker.

Retroactively grading my old work (hence Dr Retrograde) was popular with students, so I turned it into a YouTube channel.

You can find full downloadable copies of the work with track changes here.

Original essay excerpt

Excerpt with changes

Conditions of downloading the files:

  1. If you’re an educator using the files yourself in class, please acknowledge the YouTube channel, this website or Dr Joe Thorogood.

  2. If you’re a student, do not use any part of the work for your own assignments. I only mark work that has been through the Turnitin software system. This means that if you copy, it will be picked up.

  3. If you find these resources valuable, please subscribe to the YouTube channel. This way, I’ll keep making more videos.