Review worries - do you get discouraged?

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Review worries - do you get discouraged?

BrittaniMaree BrittaniMaree
Does anyone else have a nervous feeling when they write a review and it comes back to you after it is looked at by an "advanced eye" and turned down for improvements? Does it discourage you to stop writing reviews or encourage you more for another shot at a great review?
12/03/2012
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indiglo indiglo
I can give you my perspective on this as a mentor, I don't know if that will help... but maybe it will!

I feel like it's my job as a mentor to make suggestions. If my student was happy with their current reviews and didn't want input on improvements, they wouldn't have joined the program. So I try to send back every review my students write, with some suggestions to consider. There have been a couple of occasions when I published "as-is" because I couldn't come up with any suggestions to improve the review.

Generally, my suggestions are about how to improve the review... meaning, the review is likely "good" as-is, but I add suggestions to make it even better. Even when I've had Advanced Reviewers as students, who regularly write "Extremely Useful" reviews, I still try to come up with suggestions to help them improve - even if it's just in small, subtle ways. Because I feel like that's why they came to me.

So from my perspective, having a review sent back to you with suggestions does not mean your review was unacceptable or bad. It simply means that you are a student, and your mentor sees it as their job to help you improve each and every review you write together.
12/03/2012
- Kira - - Kira -
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Originally posted by indiglo
I can give you my perspective on this as a mentor, I don't know if that will help... but maybe it will!

I feel like it's my job as a mentor to make suggestions. If my student was happy with their current reviews and didn't want ...
I agree with this. I've had some AMAZING students who send me totally EU reviews. I still respond with at least one thing to add. I've never, ever published a review as it was sent to me. I would feel like I'm not doing my job. There are a few students who have made it difficult for me to find things to add, but I'll read over the review a few times until I can find at least something to make the review go above and beyond.

I would never consider sending suggestions as meaning the review was bad. I just look at it doing my job as a mentor to catch any little holes or just simply add a bit extra.
12/03/2012
no longer here no longer here
We can answer this as new reviewers. Take all the advise you can get! Those handing it out are trying to get you to write reviews that will be EU. Take the advise and use it to improve. We all want to get better at reviewing right?

Don't look at it as criticism look at it as suggestions to make your reviews even better.
12/03/2012
Zandrock Zandrock
Nope. Take it with a grain of salt, make some improvements, and be happy your writing is getting better.
12/03/2012
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