Why We Love Revision at WriteLab
What’s the toughest part of the writing process? Ask any writer—whether a novice or veteran—and they’ll tell you that it’s getting started. Student writers especially feel enormous pressure to fill a blank page with a perfectly put together essay. Thankfully, there’s one important antidote for writing anxiety. It’s called revision.
The opportunity to revise is the writer’s great salvation. Once writing students realize that nothing on the page is set in stone, they're free to record their thoughts and feelings—unleashing their creativity and building their confidence.
How Revision Works in the WriteLab App
In order to make the best use of revision, writers need to know what it is (and what it isn’t). Revision is, literally, “seeing again.” While you may find yourself changing every sentence the moment you finish them—true revision doesn’t happen until you work on a full draft.
WriteLab’s goal is to assist students in the revision process by giving them a new perspective on their work—but also allowing them the flexibility to accept or reject the feedback. Once students make their revisions, they can submit draft after draft, knowing they will have the chance to rethink, reconsider, and revise their work until they are happy with the outcome.
Students can analyze any piece of writing (no prompts or specific content necessary) and receive questions and feedback in four areas: Concision, Clarity, Logic, and Grammar.
Here are some quick examples of the feedback students will receive (click each to enlarge):
To learn more about how WriteLab analyzes writing—understanding how to work with the comments and feedback it provides—review the WriteLab Guide.
How WriteLab Helps Writers Build Confidence
While students enjoy working through and correcting some of their less desirable writing habits, it’s the positive messages sprinkled through WriteLab’s analysis that can turn a hesitant writer into a prolific one. Imagine your student opening their analyzed draft to see a sentence highlighted with this comment: “You used engaging and succinct verbs here; good job!” You can be sure that young writer will remember that kind of praise, figure out what he did to receive it, and repeat!
WriteLab is designed to allow student writers to go back and view each of their revisions, tracking the progress they have made on a single piece of writing. By watching a piece become better over time, student writers internalize the lesson that writing is an ongoing process that allows, even expects, imperfection at first and offers the opportunity for enjoyment as they grow.