Writing and reciprocity
Having peers and mentors read your work is incredibly valuable for developing your writing skills. However, finding people who match your workflow habits can take a bit of time. For example, LOTS of people have asked me to edit/proofread their work or co-write with them. However, the problem with this is that many times, I don’t get the same amount of feedback or help in return; or worse, I end up doing the bulk of the work.
It’s important as a grad student to delegate your time wisely, and to give back as much as you get from other classmates. I have strong relationships with a handful of writing partners because I know that they are just as invested in proofreading and editing my work as I do with theirs.
So, as invaluable as it is to have writing partners, remember that learning how to give good feedback is also as important as receiving it. Make sure your writing relationships are reciprocal, because I can tell you from personal experience that when you find the right people to work with, the benefits are greater than the amount of time that you’ve invested!