The revision strategies of student writers and experienced writers [pdf]
After reading your professor’s and peer’s comments, do the following so you can determine how to move from comment to revision:
- Identify and state the main task and any smaller tasks the comment is asking you to do.
- Determine what part or parts of your essay that comment is asking you to work on. For instance, will addressing the main task and smaller tasks in that comment affect just that one part of your essay, or will you need to also change other parts of your essay?
- Name specific strategies you will use to address the main task and any smaller tasks you’re being asked to do (e.g., “I will develop an additional paragraph about x” or “I will use freewriting to develop y” or “I will visit the writing center to discuss z”).
- Determine if you have any questions or points of concern/confusion in response to the professor’s or peer’s comment. This may indicate something you need to spend more time thinking about, or it may indicate you should set up an appointment with your professor or talk with your peer and/or a consultant at the writing center.
- Prioritize which comments/suggestions are most important.