Instructor Response

The most typical method of teaching revision is:

  • The instructor responds to the writing.
  • The student makes changes accordingly.
  • The student returns the revised paper for either further changes or for final submission.

While not necessarily the most effective method of revision, it can be helpful in situations where time constraints prevent peer review or when the class is taught by a correspondence method (General Studies or MU Direct).

Nancy Sommers’ essay “Responding to Student Writing” offers valuable suggestions regarding instructor response and revision expectations.