It’s getting late on a Tuesday and you’re thinking about going to bed when your roommate asks you to proofread his paper. You decide that you have a little time to look it over. With the laptop in front of you, you realize you don’t really know where to start.
We’ll give you a guide that helps you look through your friends' papers in a moment of procrastination, even though it would be best to see us in the first place!
This gives you all the information you should need for looking at the assignment as a whole.
This should give you an idea of whether or not the paper is unified, and whether or not the argument is in a logical order. You may also find out whether the paper is repetitive, changes topic, or jumps around strangely. This is a very important part of writing a good paper!
Now that you’ve looked at the assignment and seen the overview based on bullet number two, you can look into the support for the claims within the paragraphs. Make sure there are no grammar mistakes, that the arguments have clear explanations, and that there is varied sentence structure (prevents choppiness).
If you know that he formatted something wrong, help him fix it. Learning from a friend can be easier and may help him remember better.
Overall, helping friends with their papers is a great experience, but make sure not to make the changes for them. Always be sure to ask questions and challenge their ideas. This will help them learn and improve for the next time.