Introduction to Peer Review Example Template Checklist:

Peer Review Example Template Checklist

This Peer Review Example Template Checklist is designed to be edited by teachers to match their specific subject field. The checklist can then be rolled out to students so that they can perform peer reviews on each other's work. 

Remember you can tailor this checklist (to add or remove items from this list/task/etc.)  to match your specific requirements by clicking the “edit template” icon on the right-hand side.


Peer reviews assist students in developing and communicating logical reasoning through writing. This Peer Review Template Checklist provides students with the opportunity to further enhance their critical thinking skills. 

The Peer Review Example Template Checklist should be completed over the period of a month- the first two weeks allow for the students to write their papers and the last two weeks for the peer reviews to occur.


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This Peer Review Example Template Checklist is designed to be edited by teachers to match their specific subject field. As the teacher, you will want to edit this section and replace this text to fit your requirements. The checklist can then be rolled out to students so that they can perform peer reviews on each other's work. 


To kick things off, fill in some basic details. This section is important as it helps to keep track of who runs and edits this Peer Review Example Template Checklist.

Enter your basic information and the details of the work you are reviewing in the form fields below.

Use the 'Assign Members' dropdown to assign this checklist to your teacher for approval. 

Prepare Students for Peer Review:

Ensure students are prepared for the peer review

This task is designed for you as the teacher to ensure the students are properly prepared to run this checklist. You can use the conditional logic feature to ensure that only you can see this task. 

Prepare students for their peer reviews by completing the sub checklist below. Once you have completed the task tick the box and move on. 


Ensuring all students are adequately prepared for the peer review and understand the process is vital. By providing peer review examples and going through the process in detail students are will learn to distinguish successful writing from unsuccessful writing.

Students review each other’s work using an instructor-designed rubric, this rubric is a framework similar to the tasks and structure of this checklist. This rubric is formulated to help students provide concrete, useful peer feedback and also helps students to reflect more deeply on important issues explored in the course.

  • 1
    Ensure all students have submitted their own papers
  • 2
    Provide sample papers for each grade bracket
  • 3
    Teach students how to identify errors within sample papers
  • 4
    Explain the peer review process
  • 5
    Allow time to answer and respond to questions
Peer Review Example: Prepare students.

Summarize the Research and Give Your Impression:

The following tasks are to be completed by students. As the teacher, you should tailor the questions and answers to match your requirements.

The information added in the following task will create variables. This means that the data that is entered or selected can be pulled through at a later stage (in the review section).

Summarize the main research question

Use this task to write a brief summary of the research question and your overall impression of the topic. 

This is a good section to briefly note down which authors and arguments you think are relevant to this research question.

Identify claims/ the argument of the author

Identify the key arguments and claims the author has made. Use this section to identify whether these claims are valid. 

If you feel that the author's argument would benefit from further research either from a specific academic study or scholarly article - note the down. 

Provide context of how research fits academic arena

Use this task to provide context on how this research fits into the overall academic arena. 

This is a good opportunity for you to expand on the author/ academic sources you suggested in the previous task (providing you did so). 

Follow the sub checklist below to guide your review and then summarize findings in the text field.

  • 1
    Have they cited at least 8 academic sources?
  • 2
    Have they cited a variety of different sources?
  • 3
    Have they tried to balance their argument?
  • 4
    Do they provide a valid example or case study?
  • 5
    Is there anything you would have added?
  • 6
    Is there anything you think is irrelevant to the research?

Identify Strengths and Weaknesses:

The following tasks are to be completed by students. As the teacher, you should tailor the questions and answers to match your requirements.

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Discuss any strengths in the research

Aim to provide at least two strengths of the research. 

Some examples of strengths include: 

  • Good structuring of paragraphs
  • Well sourced 
  • A strong, well-positioned argument

Ensure that you go into detail and refer to specific sections of the research paper. 

Use the dropdown below to identify how many strengths you feel the paper has -  the more the merrier - providing they are exemplified and relevant. 

Discuss any weaknesses in the research

Aim to provide at least one weakness of the research. 

Some examples of strengths include: 

  • Poor structuring of paragraphs
  • Lacks sufficient sources
  • An unclear, poorly-positioned argument

Ensure that you go into detail and refer to specific sections of the research paper. 

Use the dropdown below to identify how many weaknesses you feel the paper has -  be honest, but kind.

Final Suggestions:

The following tasks are to be completed by students. As the teacher, you should tailor the questions and answers to match your requirements.

Provide suggestions on how to improve the weaknesses

Provide suggestions on how you feel the author could rectify the weaknesses of their research. 


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Good suggestions will include the following:

  • Useful articles
  • Useful websites
  • An example of a well-structured paragraph
  • An example of a properly formatted citation

Record your suggestions in the text field below. 

Identify any other issues

Use this section to record any other issues.

This task is not designed for you to suggest edits, but rather provide any general constructive feedback you may have. 

This is the place where you note down your personal opinions of the research.

Identify any positives from the work

Use this section to record any other positives ⭐️.

This task is not designed for you to suggest edits, but rather provide a list detailing any remaining positive remarks you may have. 

This is the place where you note down what you liked about the research.

Review Data and Send Peer Review:

The following tasks are to be completed by students. As the teacher, you should tailor the questions and answers to match your requirements. However, there is an approval task which will require the teacher's approval of the final peer review. 

View the final peer review

This task has used variables to pull in all of the data that you entered in this checklist. 

View the final peer review below. 

The next task will inform your tutor that the review is ready for approval. Once approved you can then use the final task to send the peer review to your classmate.

Peer Review

Basic information

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Summarize the research

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Strengths and weaknesses

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Final suggestions

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Approval: Approve peer review

Will be submitted for approval:
  • View the final peer review
    Will be submitted

Send peer review to the classmate

Use the email widget below to send your completed and approved peer review to your classmate. 

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