Peer review

Students give feedback on each other's work, for example an essay or presentation.
  • Pairs
  • Small groups (3-10)
  • 10-30 minutes
  • 30-60 minutes
  • >60 minutes
  • Assessment
  • Practicing academic skills
  • Apply
  • Create
  • Evaluate

When to use it?

  • When you want students to learn from one another.
  • When you want to stimulate the critical evaluation skills of students.
  • When you want students to clarify their own ideas as they explain them to their peer.

Activity instructions


  • Formulate clear assessment criteria that the students can use when they give each other feedback. Decide whether they need to give each other a score on each criterion or whether they can give open feedback. Explain these assessment criteria to the students.
  • Give the students an assignment that will be peer reviewed, for example an essay, (video) presentation or podcast. They should finish the assignment before class.

Activity steps

  1. Make groups
    Divide the students into pairs or small groups.
  2. Peer review
    Let the students review each other's work by using the assessment criteria.
  3. Discuss
    Let the pairs or small groups explain their feedback to each other.

Tips for implementation & variation

  • Online teaching: Students can peer review each other's work in Brightspace or FeedbackFruits and discuss their feedback to each other in breakout rooms.
  • It's ideally used for giving feedback on more complex work where no right or wrong answers are possible.
  • You can use a rubric for the assessment criteria. It helps students focus on the work at a conceptual level, and prevents them from only paying attention to language, spelling or refuting the content.

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