Before I retired, I used an educational system that was organized, consistent, and easy to comprehend. Students were required to take notes and do all their homework in a spiral bound, graph paper notebook. I was required to examine their homework each day and review the assignment, if needed, before the next lesson. I would also grade their efforts on the fly, awarding them with "pluses" for homework that showed neatness and mathematical organization. This "effort grade" was a great motivational tool for many students who needed a confidence boost.