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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Compliments, Suggestions and Corrections...

the more eyes, the better
It’s the dreaded task that most people cringe over...including me! Peer editing is the task of reviewing your fellow peers work and offering constructive criticism, corrections and suggestions. The process can be extremely valuable for both the writer and the peer. However, if the delivery and reception are not handled in a mature, good spirited way it will not be effective and beneficial for anyone.

Everyone's personalities are different and we do not all “speak the same language”. Therefore it is crucial to be kind and remain positive. Do you remember the Golden Rule? It states, "Do unto others, as you would have done unto you". Keep this in mind. It will help you relay your thoughts in a positive and constructive way. Critiquing in a negative way is unnecessary and can create ill feelings.

When you are reviewing the work of a peer, try to be as detailed and specific as possible. That way your suggestions are clear to the writer and can easily be corrected. If you find that a lot of corrections need to be made, start off with a compliment, and then ease into the tough stuff. This always helps! One last thing to keep in mind is that your ultimate goal is to assist your peer and help them improve. So when you are reviewing a blog post and you notice spelling errors or think they could use better word choice, don’t hesitate, and tell them! After all, you are doing them a favor.

For a little laugh, be sure to watch this video on peer editing.

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  1. Hilliary your blog post is very well written, I agree that you should not be afraid to critique someone's blog if it would be beneficial to their post. I agree with your thoughts about staying positive when writing peer review. While reading your blog post I thought the post flowed very well and I did not see any grammar or spelling mistakes. Great Post!

  2. Constructive criticism is always the way to go. You just have to make sure that you know how to give it and take it, without getting your feelings hurt. I think your post is very well written as well.

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  4. Previous post removed to correct two typos.

    Interesting. Why are so many educators frightened of being editors and of being edited? That does not appear to be the case with speakers, actors, sports participants, artists.

  5. Let me explain. What I meant by "cringe" wasn't necessarily from my work being edited, but rather offering advice/corrections to someone who takes peer editing to heart and responds rudely.