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Peer Critique

It is vital for students to engage in peer critique as it is a technique for judging the technical merit of their fellow students, especially in interactive courses. Contrary to a peer review that involves an in-depth analysis of the calculations, methodology, alternate interpretations, assumptions and acceptance criteria employed by an individual, peer critique is a less stringent learning method that students can use to build on their writing, reporting and presentation skills based on the opinions of fellow students.

Peer critiques contain an element of informality as the student gives a personal judgment of his or her fellow students’ presentations rather than providing a professional or expert review. This means the students’ opinions or critiques are what they think their fellow students did right or wrong during their presentations and not necessarily a professional or expert review that follows stipulated standards.

The most important aspect of a peer critique that students ought to take note of is independence. This means that the peer critiques of their fellow students’ presentations must be independent and not subject to any form of bias. In most cases, peer critiques are done among students who also double as friends. Thus, it is of extreme importance to critique the presentations from an independent point of view without considering relations to avoid clouding one’s judgment. Based on this understanding, this peer critique pertains to the presentations of select students in class.

Student One

The student gave a presentation about improving body health. It is important for an individual to avoid the use of gap fillers during a presentation as it denotes a lack of prior preparation or rehearsal before making a presentation. Unfortunately, the student uses the word “hmm” which is a typical gap filler during his presentation which indicates uncertainty or insufficient grasp of concept. He begins his presentation with a story about his brother and his inability to decipher why he fails to accord attention to his health. The story is a good way of relating one’s presentation with practical examples. However, the story about his brother is not a good premise for his topic of improving body health.