Why Peer Editing is Ineffective


Peer editing in class is something commonly practiced by teachers as a way to help improve essays written by students, but in some ways, peer editing is useless. While the purpose of peer editing is to let someone else check your work to make sure it all makes sense and make sure that there are no typos that have been overlooked by yourself, peer editing often makes writing more difficult for the author of the paper. When a student’s essay is edited by a peer, it is common for the author’s voice to get lost in someone else’s view of what is being discussed in the work. When I get my classwork peer edited I find that my work gets completely changed from what I envisioned for my work to portray. It can be frustrating when people crowd your class work with words that aren’t your own because it is easy to lose track of the original point you were trying to make while writing the work. When you write something in school your teacher would expect your words to be written in ink, not someone else’s words that have just adopted your writing style and changed the course of the writing. Furthermore, by letting another person replace your work with their own words, the paper loses some of its individuality because the paper is no longer written by only yourself. If writing an essay in class is about your personal writing skills, note-taking abilities, and reading comprehension, then peer editing ruins a lot of that because not only are your peers editing typos, they are also editing your ideas, your style, and how your writing makes its impact on the reader. Although the purpose of peer editing is good and peer editing is good for the learning of the author and the editor, in the end, any edits made cannot always be reliable because we are all still students and are therefore still learning.