Peer editing can be a difficult task, because it is giving a critique on someone your own age’s writing. For me personally, it has always been difficult, because I do not want to offend anyone. That is why it is so important to be positive when it comes to peer editing. There is a nice way to tell someone just about any news. As for the person under review, it is important not to take it personally, but to instead use it as a tool to improve on one’s writing abilities. Over the years, I have used peer editing as constructive criticism, because it is not to upset me; It is to help me improve.
When I am peer editing, I like to start out with what I thought was most successful about their work. I then point out, or suggest, what areas I feel could use improvement. By starting out positive, I feel I am not going to insult the author or take a stab at their confidence. I sometimes find that I am scared to give advice, because I myself may be wrong. That is when being the teacher and learner comes in. I can use that as an opportunity to research the problem, and in return educate myself and my peers.
In Paige Ellis' blog, the video "What is Peer Editing", and the slide show "Peer Edit with Perfection Tutorial" I learned a few new techniques when it comes to peer editing. When editing, I should give the writer specific examples on how to improve by commenting on their word choice, details, organization and sentence structure. I can also help my peers by giving corrections. These corrections could be because of punctuation, grammar, or spelling errors. In the video "Writing a Peer Review Top 10 Mistakes" it shows what not to do when peer reviewing.