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I will give examples if there's something they're having a hard time wording, but if they use MY wording, I send it back and ask them to fix it. I try and give them a rough idea/bullet points of what to include in their reviews (not
I will give examples if there's something they're having a hard time wording, but if they use MY wording, I send it back and ask them to fix it. I try and give them a rough idea/bullet points of what to include in their reviews (not toy-specific, general things). That way they can come up with their own ideas.
I sometimes struggle with letting them have their own voice. One of my students is very matter-of-fact. Her reviews might seem short, but it's her. I always worry that they will be voted as less than what they are since she doesn't write 2 paragraphs in each section like some other reviews. I don't want to ask her to write longer reviews because it's just not her.
I try and point out major grammatical points that they've missed, but I will correct small things that like a missed capitalization. I still miss some things. I'm sure we all do. We're only human after all.
And by the way, I hate the voting on the mentor's job. When you're focusing on getting a good review out, sometimes things get overlooked. Not intentionally, but on occasion. Some voters are too hard on the mentor and they tend to forget that we're doing a bigger job than simply editing grammar.
It's not so much about changing their style but more about having the student make sentences that make sense, using the right word tense, or writing with a good sentence structure.
I'm struggling with giving enough guidance to help them see where they are going wrong without doing the whole thing for them. I use point form guidelines, but I will also take a sentence from the review, point out why it doesn't make sense, and give an example of my own that shows an alternate way that it can be written.
I feel like I'm giving an english lesson! It's rough on me bcs I really want this person to succeed and I feel like this person needs more than a mentor but actual writing lessons...If english is the students second language, then I can understand how hard it can be. However,I don't think it is the case with this one.
I get the whole thing about respecting their individuality. It is important and hard to do. You just want them to do so well and when you see their personality and it sort of deviates from the "norm" of what we would see in reviews...you kind of get worried that they won't get the appropriate vote.
Anyways thanks for the advice and support!