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‘Could You Take a Look?’: Students Help Each Other to Work on Term Papers and Theses

New season of peer reviewing project kicks off

On April 20, the HSE Centre for Student Academic Development opened registration for the project ‘Could You Take a Look?’. Students are welcome to upload parts of their papers and get feedback from other students until May 13.

This is the third year of the project. Its main goal is to give students an opportunity to get feedback on parts of their papers and help others evaluate the quality of the text, rather than its contents. The project was launched in 2020 during the first wave of the pandemic, and in 2021, it attracted 64 students.

How It Works

Students upload their papers to the system, which distributes them between students from one area of studies or faculty if there is a shortage of participants from the same programme. Don’t upload your full paper—your peers won’t have time to read 100+ pages.

Participants are asked to look at each other’s papers from a new perspective, as an ordinary reader. They should try to evaluate the logic and, if they wish, provide constructive comments. After the paper assessment deadline, each author will be sent several reviews that they can react to.

What’s New in 2022

1. This time, there will be only one wave of registration and reviewing, but each participant will give and receive two reviews.

2. Participants will be able to see the whole range of papers in their area of studies. This option will be available to those who are prepared to share their papers and see other participants’ works.

Project Deadlines

1. April 20: launch of the third student paper peer reviewing project. To join, please fill in the form.

2. April 24: deadline for form submission.

3. April 26: all participants will get an invitation to the Peergrade platform, where they will be able to upload parts of their papers to the relevant category. This ensures that papers are checked by someone with the appropriate background.

4. April 30: deadline for paper submission.

5. May 1–12: each paper will be reviewed by two different people. Reviews will later be visible to the author of the text.

You are also welcome to subscribe to the ‘Deadline Was Yesterday’ Telegram channel (in Russian), where the editorial team shares their advice and experience on research paper writing. HSE University also has a bot called ‘Academic Matching’ (in Russian), which helps students who are writing term papers and theses to find other students with similar interests and help each other.

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