Commenting on Student Writing

Marginal Comments

Formatting End Comments

No matter what format you use, type up your final comments to the student. If you have to repeat comments among different student papers (e.g., "Your thesis is too vague..."), you can cut and paste, but more importantly, it will help you track your students' recurrent problems. Try phrasing your final comments in terms of "What I would like to see you work on for your revision/future papers" – and hold them accountable.

Some formats you might consider using:

In addition to these formats, a checklist of goals and issues you expect of all students will ease the burden of responding to every detail (and, if offered as a mid-process checklist, will guide the students as they revise their own work).

Credit: Adapted from Nat Hodes