1. Start by reading the document through once, then glancing back to understand the organization.
2. Always read through the paper twice, even if the first read-through is quick. You’ll need to know where things are going before you can give feedback on where they start.
3. Don’t focus on grammar and mechanics. If you think a paper needs substantive revision in these areas, make the author a note to review these on their own or with support from their teacher or the writing center.
4. Focus instead on content and organization:
- Does the text have an engaging opening?
- Are the details included clearly relevant? Does the text offer adequate analysis of its subject matter?
- Is the text structured logically? Does the organization contribute to the central narrative or argument?
- Is the tone appropriate to the content?
5. Be helpful in your feedback. Do not be brief. Remember that it takes a measure of trust to offer someone your writing. Honor that trust in your own tone and language.