Term always starts reasonably calm! No marking to do yet. But then at some point the first assignment came in. It was the field trip report of my Ice and Oceans module. It was a lot of work!
I try to mark as fast as I can anyway, but I also wanted to get that job out of the way before the next big deadline came in. That would be both the first year's essays, and the environmental reconstructions the students had to do for my new module. And I just managed! I sent it off to the moderator the very day the other assignments came in.
When I was just about to finish I got an email that I also had to do the marking for the fieldwork module. It's all coming at the same time! So it's going to be hectic now until the end of term!