Some "Do's" and "Don't's" of Peer Evaluations
Peer Evaluations: Some "Do's"
- Do treat the writer with courtesy and respect.
- Do comment on the performance, not the person.
- Do focus on how the argument is supported (or not), rather than whether you agree
or disagree with it.
- Do aim for balance and completeness in pointing out strengths and problem areas.
- Do comment on specific examples of strengths and problem areas.
- Do aim to help the writer see how to improve future work as well as the current draft.
Peer Evaluations: Some "Don't's"
- Don't use snippy marginal comments such as "So what?" or "What's your
- Don't get into debates over unresolvable questions of individual value and belief (for
example, questions relating to religion, gun control, or abortion).
- Don't argue with the writer. Raise objections or ask for explanations only to clarify
and suggest ways of strengthening the argument.
- Don't confine your comments to mechanical details.
- Don't make vague, global comments.
- Don't rewrite for the writer.
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