In the beginning of this section, Cody asked Josie to look his paper over. Having someone else read your paper and provide feedback is a great idea and is highly recommended by many professors. However, Josie would need to be careful not to "over-edit" Cody's work - for example, she could not rewrite entire passages for Cody or change his writing so much that it no longer reflected his original. If Cody turned in a paper that was over-edited by Josie, they could both get in trouble.
Tips for Working with Friends:
- If the professor says you can work in groups or with partners, make sure you are clear on exactly what that means. Can you write the paper together? Can you just get feedback?
- If you're sharing data (field notes, lab results, etc.) with classmates or lab partners, write your papers/reports independently unless your professor says otherwise.
- When in doubt, ask your professor.