We recommend two methods for giving feedback:

WRITE-IN COMMENTS: Written comments that help students understand your experience reading the draft without focusing on editorial concerns. 

Read excerpts from write-in comments:

  • Feedback on a scientist profile  intended for a broad readership of nonexperts with an interest in the sciences
  • Feedback on a policy memo  intended for those making or executing national security policy
  • Feedback on a research grant proposal intended for social science researchers

THINK-ALOUD RESPONSES:  One type of feedback that works well for the Reader Project is called a “think-aloud response.” For this type of feedback, you go through the student’s paper point-by-point while recording your responses on your cell phone or computer and email the audio files to the student (brief How to Record and Send a Voice Message by Email)*. Describe your reaction to what you’re reading out loud and questions you may have. This kind of feedback is quite different from the feedback that most instructors give to students or that editors give to writers. Students have found it quite impactful. 

Listen to excerpts of “think-aloud responses” readers have recorded for students in the past.

*Read detailed instructions on how to do a think-aloud response.