STRATEGIES FOR WRITING
PRESENTED BY THE ELMHURST COLLEGE LEARNING CENTER
IF YOU FOUND PEER REVIEW HELPFUL IN YOUR
FORMALIZED ENGLISH CLASSES, YOU MAY CHOOSE
TO ORGANIZE GROUPS ON YOUR OWN FOR PEER
REVIEW IN OTHER CLASSES. HERE ARE SOME
GUIDELINES TO ASSIST YOUR GROUP.
1. Be certain that all members understand the goals and
specific guidelines for the paper. If there is
uncertainty, contact the professor for
2. Set a time for the group to meet as soon as possible
after the paper is assigned. This initial session
is for clarifying the assignment and brainstorming
ideas from the group. Members also need to determine
how often to meet before the paper is due. Number of
sessions will most likely relate to the length of the
paper. (Refer to Setting Up a Group for suggestions.)
3. To make meeting time productive, prepare a list of
specific questions or issues which each group
member can use to review other members' drafts.
Be sure to base these on grading criteria provided
by the professor. If there is no grading criteria,
use the goals or guidelines as basic criteria.
The group may also want to refer to the
Learning Center Revision Checklist. You may
print a copy from Revision Checklist or pick up
a copy at the Learning Center.
4. It's best to provide written feedback for each person.
It is difficult to remember an oral discussion later
when one actually revises the paper.
5. Be supportive in providing feedback. The purpose of
peer review is to help another person succeed.
Therefore, each group member must be willing to
provide critical feedback as well as specific
suggestions to improve the paper.
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