Notebook corrections

Hi all,

I want to ask about notebook corrections. Why most languages people very fast correct notebooks, but in English it don't happened. Are there any secret how people select notes for correction? Who correct notes, how you select notes you want to correct?

Mar 23, 2017 1:21 PM
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. There is a huge demand for help from native or proficient English speakers. It is possible it surpasses the number of people available to correct.

As for how notes are selected for correction:

- new tutors and teachers tend to correct a lot to gain visibility. 

- shorter notes usually get corrected quickly. 

- notes with many sloppy errors that could be avoided with a little time (accent marks, obvious typos) will probably get less attention.

Here are a few that are more personal but may apply to others:

- I will not correct extremely long notes with convoluted sentences, where the intended meaning is unclear. I think if someone needs help with an essay or needs detailed explanations of errors to benefit from a correction, a paid tutor can do a better job. I don't know about others, but I don't have hours to spend writing up long comments and being very precise for free. Furthermore, there have been a number of discussions with users complaining about free help they have received. It seems that some people have extremely high demands for something they are receiving free of charge (only correcting for a particular variety of language, not making changes that aren't absolutely necessary, not making corrections if the error is widespread in everyday speech among native speakers, native speakers from X region only, though sometimes the writer doesn't specify it outright but complains subsequently...the list is endless). This makes me less willing to correct notes.

-Low community involvement and lack of basic manners; if I see someone who never says "thanks" to people who help, I will never touch their notes. 

March 23, 2017
I see that you've posted many notebook entries recently. If you want more corrections, I recommend you book some writing lessons. There are many people who want corrections on italki, and you're right, not all of them are answered. It doesn't mean there's something wrong with your notes, it's simply a matter of lots of people wanting corrections. We give our time freely to work on these, and our time is limited! :-)
March 23, 2017


That is indeed very helpful advice! All new italki users, who wish to post notebook entries, should read it.


I guess there are just too many notebook entries in English, so some notebook entries get overlooked. How about you also correct notebook entries in Hebrew and Russian? The other users might thank you by correcting your notebook entries in English.

March 23, 2017

Hi Valery,

I've had this ancient discussion bookmarked for a long time, and its advice is useful.

Something more to add: not checking one's own text is very lazy.  We can gauge a learner's level from the text we read, and that also means we can see when a writer hasn't bothered to check his/her own text. 

March 23, 2017

Hello Valery, and waht about your corrections? May be you could spend some time correcting entries in Russian and in Hebrew...I´m sure you will find some friends in thay way.

Good luck!

March 23, 2017
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