How to revise your text
Using your colleagues’ feedback comments
You should take notes of the spoken feedback your colleagues gave you during the writing group meeting.
As soon as this meeting is over, we strongly recommend that you start to consider which of your colleagues’ feedback comments (both written and oral) will improve your subsequent draft as well as your ‘own thoughts’. It is important to do this straight after the meeting whilst all this information is still ‘fresh’ in your mind. For many authors, it also helps to collate all the feedback comments within a revision plan. Please note that you can, of course, implement both useful written feedback and oral feedback directly into your draft at any stage of the feedback process.
To help you maximise your output after every meeting, you could consider writing a revision plan. A revision plan is where you systematically record what you do with your received feedback comments (please download revision plan template below).
Writing a revision plan
1. Not all the feedback you receive needs to be used. You have to make careful consideration which comments you agree with and which you do not.
2. Nevertheless, all peer feedback comments should be carefully considered. This is especially true when many readers make comments about the same section/part of the text.
3. Write your review as a response to reviewers. For example, include the comment and reply to the comment and state that you changed it or ignored it. You should also give reasons for your decision(s).
4. If you have questions or are not sure about something, write these questions down in your revision plan to the instructors. The instructors of the course will review your revision plan and provide feedback on your revision plans. In particularly, they will provide answers to any questions you raise in your revision plan.
Access: Revision Plan Template