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Giving and Receiving Feedback

Giving and receiving constructive feedback doesn't come naturally to many people. It is easy to criticize without providing constructive suggestions, and even easier to take criticism personally, whether it was intended to be constructive or not. You can pre-empt both of these tendencies, to some extent, by addressing them directly before using peer review in your classes.

How to get students to provide useful, constructive feedback

An effective method of teaching students how to peer review is to conduct a mock review of an assignment. In this way, students can go through the process and become familiar with the procedure and what is expected of them before they conduct their first review.

How to get students to use the peer feedback they receive

After the students receive their individual reviews, how can you guarantee they examine and use the feedback? Some suggestions of activities follow:


The University of Hawaii at Manoa's Writing Center has a web site on Peer Review Groups and Criteria Grids. It is set up like a Frequently Asked Questions page with questions that include: What is Peer Review? How do I set up and facilitate peer review sessions? How do I get my students to use the peer feedback they receive? Access to other parts of their site is also available.

Overview: Using Student Peer Review (more info)

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