So far, this program is going really well! Thanks so much to all who have volunteered! The response has been great and you seem to be getting some value from it too.
There have been a few questions about how to approach essay review. I thought it would be useful to put your tips here so we can look in one place. Please feel free to add your tips below.
Meanwhile, I’ll start by adding some basic advice:
The first suggestions might be based on your initial reading.
- What worked for you in the essay?
- Did you feel that you understood who the person was after you read it?
- What’s your impression after the first read?
- What do you think is the main issue to work on?
Maybe you felt that a few paragraphs were disorganized and didn’t have a cohesive idea. Maybe a sentence would work better elsewhere in the essay. Maybe there was too much telling and not enough showing, so the essay needs more detail.
I wouldn’t focus too much on perfect grammar and punctuation. However, if there is missing punctuation that interferes with comprehension or makes it too hard to read something, such as run on sentences, then you can feel free to mention that.
We are not an editing service and students should not expect us to proofread for every little error in punctuation and grammar. Essays that are too polished can raise red flags. Also, we have asked students to limit reading requests to a max of two readers per essay, unless a reader has to pass it on to someone else for any reason
Perfection isn’t the goal. We are offering them an extra pair of eyes and doing our best to offer a free service that is hopefully useful in some way.
Here is a link to a mock example of how an essay reader could assist a student. Want to Help Students with Their College Essays? Become a Volunteer Essay Reader on CC - #12 by Lindagaf
If you’d like to volunteer as an essay reader, follow this link: Want to Help Students with Their College Essays? Become a Volunteer Essay Reader on CC