On giving helpful feedback

This two-page note provides guidance for commenting on mathematics papers. Suggestions are given for instructors who feel that most or all errors should be marked, and for instructors who comment primarily on small-scale errors such as wording. Suggestions include directing the student to develop a personalized editing checklist, encouraging the student to identify his or her own solutions to writing problems whenever possible, and using a commenting checklist as a reminder to consider larger-scale issues such as structure and to look for possible honest praise to provide.

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