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What is Peer Editing and Why is it Important? 

Peer editing is referred to as looking at a piece of written work by someone who is equal to you in skills or ability and giving them feedback. 

Educators are often called upon to make some important decisions. We have to make decisions to meet the needs of our students. How can we as educators make decisions about our students and ensure their impact will result in success for them? 

In order for peer editing to be successful, the instructor must have clarity of the changes that are needed in the classroom. First and foremost, the instructor must think of the following: 

  • Structure of the classroom 
  • Resources 
  • Environment 
  • Training 

Structure of the Classroom 

The instructor must develop an organized and operational class structure focused on student improvement. The instructor must be able to interact and connect with the students, review classroom space, and determine classroom layout that best fits students’ needs. 


Peer editing begins with rethinking how all available resources can be distributed to the students. The instructor should provide resources that are mostly universally accessible. Students need good writing tools. 


Set up an environment where students can receive feedback from each other without any barriers. Determine how you are going to group your students and how they are going to interact with one another. 


Good training will minimize problems and increase the likelihood of successful student performance. Instructors need to hold regular peer-editing sessions to make sure students are aware of good peer-editing techniques. 

In order for students to be successful, they need training on how to edit. The instructor must teach students how to provide effective feedback to their peers. 

Why is Peer-editing Important? 

Peer editing helps the students in the following ways: 

  • Provides targeted solutions which improve the learning experience 
  • Increases comprehension and buy-in of each student 
  • Promotes mutual interest in cooperative learning by increasing the comfort within which peers learn and confirm comprehension 
  • Supportive connections between peers will result in successful student outcomes by establishing inter-dependence and appreciation while extinguishing adversarial competition 
  • Creates a culture of compassion as the peers take on the personal commitment to help their classmates and thereby improve student achievement overall.