Understanding WriteLab's Comment Preferences

Understanding WriteLab's Comment Preferences

In your WriteLab account, under Settings, the first option is “Update Preferences.”

Here you can do a few things: adjust e-mail notifications when comments have been made on your draft; enable an American or British spellchecker; and modify how WriteLab comments on your writing.

The default setting for the comments is Direct. While you can change this at any time, the settings will only pertain to future drafts and not existing drafts. It’s also important to note that students can independently modify the comments settings for themselves regardless of what you set in your instructor account.

The key differences between the two types of comments is that Direct offers detailed descriptions of the changes you can make in your draft—while Guiding simply offers you recommendations and questions, letting you make changes on your own. Make sure to cover this important setting with your students. For younger writers, we recommend that they leave the comments set to Direct.

Direct Comments

Our direct comments tell you what to do. If you're working under a deadline, or don't want to spend time deciding which suggestions to implement and which to ignore, these comments may be for you.

Guiding Comments

If you don't want WriteLab telling you what to do, you might try our guiding comments. Instead of correcting you, these comments simply point out your options and leave the decision up to you.

Learn more about WriteLab’s Comment Directness Preferences.


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