Peer Review Groups - Working Model

The groups, ranging from 5 to 10 students, meet once a week for an hour and a half. Group members reserve slots for review and all members review the same paper (or presentation) at the same time. Students are able to request focused feedback to best suit their areas of need. The student gives a quick overview of the paper or presentation, requests focused feedback and then reads the paper aloud paragraph by paragraph receiving oral feedback from the group and making on the spot revisions. Common areas of feedback include, but are not limited to:

  • Organization
  • Cohesion
  • Level of detail
  • Logic/Argument (claim/warrant)
  • Specific grammar issues
  • Readability for outsiders
  • Last looks before submission for publication

Video Introduction to working model

PRGscOverview on Vimeo

  • Expectations - 2:22
  • How it Works - 3:54
  • Calendar - 4:46
  • Basics for Writers - 5:57
  • When Presenting - 9:39
  • Other Tips for Writers - 11:01
  • Reviewing - 12:06
  • Reviewer Benefits - 14:15
  • Joining a Group - 15:23

Demo of a peer review

This is a clip from one of our graduate peer review groups. Before this point, the writer has introduced her work, asked for specific feedback and then read a section of the paper aloud to the group. In this clip, you can see the interdisciplinary group negotiating the meaning of her writing and options for revision. The group discusses potential revision ideas, explains them and the writer can choose to make revisions to her work in real time or add comments to look at a section later. You can see there are no printed copies, only to projected copy so that everyone stays on the same page, quite literally.

PRGsample on Vimeo.

Note: You may need to turn up the volume or use headphones given the low volume on the video.