Give feedback on assignments

This article is for teachers.

You can give your students personalized feedback on any type of file in the Classroom grading tool. You can leave comments on student work and maintain a comment bank to store comments that you use most often.

Files you can attach to assignments

Students can attach any file type to their assignments, including:

  • Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides
  • Microsoft®️ Word®️, Excel®️, or PowerPoint®️
  • Adobe®️ PDF®️
  • Image files
  • TXT files
  • Video files (WEBM, MPEG4, 3GPP, MOV, AVI, MPEG-PS, WMV, FLV, OGG)

View student work

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Open student work
  1. Go to classroom.google.com and click Sign In.

    Sign in with your Google Account. For example, you@yourschool.edu or you@gmail.comLearn more.

  2. Click the class and then Classwork.
  3. Click the assignment and then View question or View assignment.
  4. On the left, click the student name and then a file that they turned in.
See the grade and submission history of an assignment

You can see how the grade for an assignment has changed and how many times a student has submitted work for an assignment.

Important: This feature is only available on turned-in and graded assignments.

  1. Go to classroom.google.com and click Sign In.

    Sign in with your Google Account. For example, you@yourschool.edu or you@gmail.comLearn more.

  2. At the top, click Classwork and then the assignment and then View assignment.
  3. On the left, click the student's name.
  4. Click See history.
Switch between student work

To see another student’s work while grading, choose an option:

Desktop

  • Click the Down arrow and choose a student name.

  • Click Back or Next .

Android

  • Swipe horizontally.
  • Tap the arrows around the student's name.

Add feedback

If you enter the same comment for many students, you can save the comment to use later. The comment bank is tied to your Google Account, so you can access it from any computer. Students can see your feedback as comments after you return their work.

Add comments to student work
  1. In Classroom, open the student work (details above).
  2. Select the passage or file that you want to comment on.
  3. Click Add a comment .
  4. Enter your comment and click Comment.
Add and save comments to use later

You have 2 ways to add comments to the comment bank.

Add an existing comment to the comment bank

  1. In Classroom, open the student work (details above).
  2. In the top-right corner of the comment box, click More and then Add to comment bank.
  3. Make any edits and click Add.

Enter a comment directly into the comment bank

  1. In Classroom, open the student work (details above).
  2. On the right, click Comment bank
  3. Click Add to bank and choose an option:
    • Enter a single comment—Enter your comment.
    • Enter multiple comments—Press Enter after each comment you write to put your comments in a list.
    • Enter a list of prepared comments—Paste your list. Your prepared list should have one comment per line.
  4. Click Add.

Note: See below for instructions on editing a comment in the comment bank.

Find and use a comment in the comment bank

There are multiple ways you can search for and use comments in the comment bank.

Use a hash to find comments

  1. In Classroom, open the student work (details above).
  2. Select the text and click Add comment .
  3. In the comment box, choose an option:
    • Enter # to see the 5 most frequently used comments.
    • Enter # and then a keyword or phrase.
      You'll see suggestions as you enter text.
  4. Click the comment and then Comment.

Search for and copy a comment

  1. Click Comment bank and then Search .
  2. Enter a keyword or phrase.
  3. Point to the comment that you want to use and click More and then Copy to clipboard.
  4. In the comment box, paste the comment.
  5. Make any changes to the comment and click Comment.
Edit a comment in the comment bank

You can edit a comment in the grading tool or on the web.

Edit a comment in student work

  1. In Classroom, open the student work (details above).
  2. Click Comment bank.
  3. Point to the comment that you want to edit and click More and then Edit.
  4. Enter your changes and click Save.

Edit a comment on the web

  1. Go to classroom.google.com/g/cm.
  2. Point to the comment that you want to edit and click More and then Edit.
  3. Enter your changes and click Save.
Copy a comment in the comment bank
  1. In Classroom, open the student work (details above).
  2. Click Comment bank .
  3. Point to the comment and click More and then Copy to clipboard.
Delete a comment from the comment bank

Delete a comment in student work

  1. In Classroom, open the student work (details above).
  2. Click Comment bank .
  3. Point to the comment and then click More and then Delete.
  4. Click Delete to confirm.

Delete a comment on the web

  1. Go to classroom.google.com/g/cm.
  2. Point to the comment and then click More and thenDelete.
  3. Click Delete to confirm.
Add private comments

You can add private comments for a student. The student sees and responds to your comment when they open the returned assignment. If the student responds to your comment, you can read it and reply in the grading tool.

Important: Private comments can’t be edited or deleted after you post them.

  1. In Classroom, open the student work (details above).
  2. Click Grading .
  3. Under Private comments, click Add private comment and then enter your comment.
  4. Click Post.
Manage comment notifications
  1. Go to classroom.google.com.
  2. Optional: To expand the navigation drawer, at the top left, click Menu .
  3. Scroll down and click Settings .
  4. Under “Notifications” next to Comments, click the switch On . Comment types include:
    • Comments on your posts
    • Comments that mention you
    • Private comments on work

Tip: To minimize the menu to a collapsed version, at the top left, click Menu .

Reply to comments in email

You can also reply to public and private comments directly within email notifications. This enables teachers to quickly reply to their students without having to switch back and forth between their email and Classroom.

In Google Classroom, a student asks "Could you help me with projects 5 and 6? Thank you!" The teacher replies with a private comment: "Sure thing! Last week's reading assignment has some hints."

Bold, italicize, and underline text

  1. Go to classroom.google.com.
  2. Click the class.
  3. On the “Assignments" page, click Add private comment.
  4. In the menu, click Bold , Italic , or Underline to choose how to format your text.
  5. Enter the text you want to format.
  6. To turn off the formatting, in the menu, click Bold , Italic , or Underline .
  7. Click Send .

Create a bulleted list

  1. Go to classroom.google.com.
  2. Click the class.
  3. On the “Assignments” page, click Add private comment.
  4. In the menu, click Bulleted list .
  5. Enter the text for your bulleted list.
    Important: When you post the comment, the bullets look the same as they do in the draft.
  6. Optional: To turn off the bulleted list format, in the menu, click Bulleted list .
  7. Click Send .

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