Over the course of this class, I feel that my peer review skills have improved. The process of peer-reviewing has been made more clear to me than it was previously before this class. This is mostly because of the time and effort we, as a class, put into working on peer review and understanding how to do it effectively. A sample that showcases my peer review is when I reviewed Bernie’s draft for Project #3. In this draft, I gave comments and feedback that I believe were constructive and helpful. A comment that I feel was particularly strong was when I analyzed his writing following a quote. I recognized that he had a strong quote and used it well, while also letting him know that he should expand more on his analysis of the quote afterward. Another comment that I gave that was strong was at the end of the draft, talking about the whole piece in general. The comment’s goal was to identify the biggest thing missing from the draft, which was personal connections and personal experiences to go along with the references to the text.
Peer review is not only helpful to the subject of the review. It has helped me improve my own writing, and my ability to revise and examine my own work. It is often easier for me to identify mistakes or areas to improve in other people’s writing. The process of peer review throughout this class has made it easier to identify those same things in my own writing and drafts. Peer review also allows me to see how my classmates write, and anything that I see them doing in their writing that is positive and well-done is something that I can take note of and use in my writing in the future.