Peer feedback can be very helpful, but remember, you need to make the final decisions yourself. Don't change anything without re-evaluating the advice for yourself.
Peers can give good advice on whether the writing is readable and logical. In terms of language or written conventions, remember that they may have a different background to you, and so they may not be an expert on writing within your field.
Peer Feedback Questions
To work with a peer to edit each other's writing, try asking the following questions:
- Does this piece of work have a central idea? Is this idea apparent for the reader, or do you have to 'search' for it? Is it clear enough for you to restate in a different way?
- Does this piece of work raise any questions that it does not answer?
- Is there a sense of an 'argument' developing?
- Do points - both within and beyond paragraphs - seem to follow logically? Does this whole piece hang together?
- Why is a particular bit of information in the piece? What work is it doing for expressing the ideas of the assignment?
- Can you understand what is written? If not, can you see why? Can you see what could be added to help you understand (e.g. an example, or a contrast?). Does the use of subject terminology seem clear and confident?