Revision vs. Editing

My first semester as a freshman writing instructor, I jotted the word “redundant” several different places in the margins of a student’s paper, and gave her the opportunity to revise.

She returned the paper, having faithfully inserted the word “redundant” wherever I had written it.

Clearly, I should have first taught this student about the purpose of revising a paper. (See Revision vs. Editing)

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