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Understanding Signal Check Feedback

The special thing about Signal Check assignments is that you can ask Revision Assistant for feedback while you're writing your essay to help you revise and improve before electronically turning your work into your teacher. Revision Assistant calls this feedback a Signal Check. Signal Checks are made up of two types of feedback: holistic feedback and sentence-level feedback. Keep reading to review how to request a Signal Check and how to understand your holistic and sentence-level Signal Check feedback.





Requesting a Signal Check


  1. Log in.
  2. Click the title of the Signal Check assignment you'd like to work on. 
  3. Start writing and formatting your essay in the Writing Space.
  4. After you've written about a paragraph, click the Signal Check button.
    You can click this button and ask Revision Assistant for help as often as you like!

  5. After a few seconds, you will see colorful, Wi-Fi-like bars appear at the top of your essay draft.
    This is called your holistic feedback.
  6. You will also notice that Revision Assistant highlighted certain sentences in your essay and icons popped up next to the highlighted sentences. This is called your sentence-level feedback.


Understanding Holistic Feedback


  • Your holistic feedback tells you how well you did overall in each rubric category.
  • Click the Signal Check (the Wi-Fi symbol) for each rubric category.
    An explanation of why you received that score for that category will appear.
  • Each category in your holistic feedback has a color and an icon associated with it too.
    Look at the rubric linked above the prompt title on your assignment page for definitions of each category and performance level.  
  • The more bars that are filled in with color, the stronger your performance is in that category.
    More gray bars mean that you have room to improve.
  • You can have multiple categories in your holistic feedback section open at the same time.
    You can close any of them by clicking the X to the side of the questions.







Understanding Sentence-Level Feedback


  • Your sentence-level feedback highlights the strongest and weakest sections in your essay.
    It also gives you specific comments on why that section was strong or how you can improve it.
  • The color of the highlighted text corresponds to the categories in the rubric and the holistic feedback at the top of your essay.
  • The comments on your writing are hidden behind the icons to the right of your paper, next to the highlighted sentences.
    Click the icon to reveal the comment and get help on your writing.
  • If the highlighted sentence is particularly strong, there will be a green check next to the comment.
    If the highlighted sentence needs some work, there will be a red flag.
  • In either case, the comment will explain why Revision Assistant highlighted the text.
    It will also explain how to improve that sentence and your essay as a whole.    






Receiving Special Kinds of Feedback


There are certain things Revision Assistant cannot evaluate. If you request a Signal Check and receive a pop-up message, it just means that you need to keep working on the essay before Revision Assistant can give you feedback. There are a few situations where this might happen.


  1. The essay is too short. Revision Assistant wants to help, but it needs to have at least a few sentences of your thoughts before it can provide useful feedback. It’s better not to ask for a Signal Check until you've written a full paragraph.

  2. The essay is off-topic. Revision Assistant can only help when you have written something relevant to the essay prompt.

  3. The essay looks a lot like the assignment. Sometimes students use too many quotes from the readings or too much of the prompt in an answer. Revision Assistant will ask students in these situations to rephrase ideas in their own words before providing feedback.




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