There are two reviews that I'll never forget: the first review I received and the first review I wrote. When I graduated to L1, I received my first review from . I was immediately impressed by his ability to communicate so much in so few words. Dave’s matter of fact tone in describing my strengths filled me with pride. Rather than tearing me down, his description of my areas for improvement gave me goals to strive for. As a whole, the review gave me a clear picture of myself and my contributions
What is a review? Fundamentally, it is a collection of words. The words form sentences, and sometimes, though not always, those sentences even make paragraphs. The collection of words offers an observation. Reviews are that simple. So why don’t people write more reviews? Some misconceptions or myths about reviews have created complications. Today I want to address three of these myths. Myth #1: A review is homework. Homework is assigned at school. It’s graded. Nobody likes homework.