Assessing a Peer’s Paper
Peer review is the evaluation of work by one or more people of similar competence to the person authoring the work (peers). It is a collaborative process that provides support, encouragement, ideas, and reminders. We will be using peer review as a professional process to maintain quality of our final documents and to improve our writing skills. It is always good to have a second set of eyes and perspectives to improve the quality of a body of work. Share your papers on Day 3, and return comments of at least 700 words by Day 7.
Following are tips to effectively critique your peer’s paper.
- Review the final paper rubrics
- Be specific in your comments. The following website provides examples on how to write specific comments that help guide the writer to strengthen his or her paper: http://abacus.bates.edu/~ganderso/biology/resources/writing/HTWcritique.html
- Point out the strengths of the paper by noting specific passages that are well written.
- Point out where a specific area can be strengthened and in what way.
- Take notice of large issues such as:
- Is the assignment being addressed?
- Is the main point clear and interesting?
- Is there a clear focus or thesis?
- Is the draft organized, following the outline provided in Week 6, and does it follow a logical sequence of points?
- Are main ideas adequately developed?
- Check basic writing skills such as grammar, spelling, incomplete sentences, over-run sentences, word choice, confusing sentences, etc.
- Time is limited, so focus on areas that will give the peer the most benefit to improve the paper.