17 Best Practices for Using WriteLab
Using natural language processing algorithms and machine learning, WriteLab instantly provides student writers with suggestions to improve their essays. WriteLab scans a student’s essay for issues related to Concision, Clarity, Logic, and Grammar—offering insights and quick fixes.
Here are some of the best practices for students and instructors to get the most out of the WriteLab app.
Creating Classes and Assignments
1. Save a few trees! After creating an assignment on WriteLab, all drafts and revisions are kept on the cloud-based app. No hard copies needed.
2. In addition to creating profiles for each student, instructors can set up multiple classes on WriteLab to track drafts and writing trends for each class (more on that below).
3. Remember that WriteLab isn’t just a tool to receive automated comments. It’s also a social platform. Students use WriteLab to share work with peers and instructors.
Enriching the Writing Process
4. WriteLab is not a one-stop proofreading tool; it facilitates the revision process. Students can create multiple drafts of their work and notice their personal improvement over time.
5. As students write, they can take notes in WriteLab and identify questions to ask their instructors or tutors.
6. With WriteLab's Chrome extension you can get feedback any time while working on the web.
7. Away from the computer? Students and instructors can use the WriteLab Guide (a handbook) to learn more about improving Concision, Clarity, Logic, and Grammar in their writing.
Receiving and Giving Feedback
8. To help students become better writers, WriteLab ensures that students receive feedback from multiple sources: instructors, peers, and the app itself.
9. Rather than waiting until the professor grades and returns the final paper, students can receive feedback throughout the writing process.
10. Students can gain a better understanding of their strengths and weaknesses in writing by using WriteLab’s comments and analytics features.
11. For each comment on WriteLab, students can mark “I’ve addressed this” or “not helpful” to keep track of which feedback has been included in the newest draft.
12. WriteLab’s multiple draft process enables instructors to track how many drafts students have written and when they were written.
13. WriteLab allows instructors to track how many comments students have received on each draft and which have been incorporated.
Seeing the Bigger Picture
14. WriteLab takes care of a lot of surface-level errors and mechanics of writing, enabling students and teachers to focus on the higher-level issues.
15. Instructors can analyze data from WriteLab to determine class trends and adapt writing lessons accordingly.
16. With a holistic, data-driven view of each student’s writing strengths and weaknesses, teachers can offer more effective office hours or review sessions tailored to individual needs.
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