Based on my experiences as an instructor, I can offer the following advice:
- Write your name on your problem set.
- Purchase a stapler.
- Staple your problem set with a single staple in the upper left-hand corner.
- Do not write on notebook paper and then rip out the pages from your notebook. Write on looseleaf paper only. Avoid using graph paper unless necessary.
- Avoid writing in pencil if at all possible.
- Do not include any scratchwork. Once you are done with your problem set, get a few clean sheets of paper and write it again neatly.
- Do the problems in order.
- Do not write in such a manner that it is necessary to have arrows going all over the place indicating where the next part of a problem is.
- If you cannot solve a problem, do not obtain the answer from a friend, write it down on your paper and pretend that it follows from the work you have done. This is called cheating.
- If you want the grader to leave legible comments, leave enough white space so that the grader has room to write legible comments.
- Highlight your final answers in some manner.