Discover WriteLab's Learning Guide

Discover WriteLab's Learning Guide

If you’re an English instructor you recently received an e-mail from the campus bookstore requesting textbook submissions for Fall 2017. If you’re still researching new English textbooks—you also might be on the hunt for a new handbook. Some great handbooks out there are The Little Seagull Handbook and The Brief English Handbook (but there are many others).

At WriteLab we have a unique solution if you’re searching for a great handbook: A writing guide that serves as a free writer’s companion for your classroom.

WriteLab Guide Features

We put together a comprehensive handbook detailing WriteLab’s writing principles—giving you insights into working with the app’s feedback. It’s the perfect companion for understanding how the app generates comments across four major writing features: Logic, Clarity, Concision, and Grammar. The guide breaks down each writing feature—providing a nifty table of contents and a robust list of examples. You can see excerpt examples from WriteLab’s Guide covering each major writing area in “Why We Love Revision at WriteLab.”

The FREE WriteLab Guide is most helpful if you use it in tandem with WriteLab, but it can also be used as a stand-alone writing handbook.

Using WriteLab Alongside Other Handbooks

WriteLab is also the perfect companion to any handbook. It provides the missing link between the handbook and students’ own writing. Students learn grammatical concepts from the handbook, but they have trouble applying what they learn to their own writing. WriteLab shows them the connection by giving students specific suggestions about how to revise—right in their own papers. 

After you teach a lesson, ask students to put their papers into WriteLab, and they’ll get immediate feedback on how to apply what they just learned to their own writing. For instance, if you teach a lesson on cutting empty phrases, students can use WriteLab to identify these phrases in their papers. WriteLab can highlight phrases like “in order to,” “because of the fact that,” and “for the reason that” and offer students more concise alternatives. Remember WriteLab gives students options for how to revise, but it’s up to the student to decide to accept them. The student is always in control.

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