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How to Comment
People love to get comments on their essays. Negative ones are probably more useful than positive ones. We all have the same goal - to write clearer essays and get a higher score, so feedback is very useful.
- Pick ONE part of the essay
It's fine to give comments on a part of an essay - the introduction or the conclusion or one or two of the paragraphs.
- Describe your reaction
If you don't have much time to comment, just write a sentence or two about how the other person's essay made you feel - if it was easy to read, hard to read, needed a better introduction, needed a topic sentence.
- Pick ONE problem
If the essay has one problem e.g. long sentences, weak organization or poor vocabulary choice, then focus on just one problem. Give one example and suggest a better rewrite.
- Don't worry too much about simple grammar or spelling errors
Microsoft Word has a spellcheck, so there's no need to correct spellings or basic grammar. Before posting their own essays, most people here check them for basic errors. A machine can correct spelling errors - we need humans to suggest better ideas or better organization.
- Don't comment on everything!
You don't have to cover grammar AND punctuation AND ideas AND organization AND vocabulary. I sometimes do try to cover everything, so it can take me an hour or more to give feedback on an essay. But even five or ten minutes from you would be really appreciated by another writer.