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What is a Signal Check?

 

The special thing about Revision Assistant is that you can ask it for feedback on your essay while you’re writing it. Revision Assistant calls this feedback a Signal Check. Signal Checks help you as you revise and improve your essay before you turn it in to your teacher. Signal Checks have three parts: a rating that looks like a Wi-Fi signal, an explanation of your rating, and highlighted text and comments along the side of the essay.  Continue reading this page for more information on how to request a Signal Check and how to use Signal Checks, ratings, and comments to become a writing pro!

 

 

 

 


 

Requesting a Signal Check

 

  1. Log in.
  2. Click the title of the assignment you'd like to work on. 
  3. Start writing and formatting your essay in the composition 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 colored Wi-Fi-like bars appear at the top of your essay draft. 
    These are called Signal Check Ratings



     

Understanding Signal Check Ratings

 

The Wi-Fi signals that appear above your essay after you click the Signal Check button tell you how well you are performing overall in different aspects of your writing.  These are called Signal Check Ratings. Continue reading below to learn more about what your Signal Check Ratings mean and how to review them in Revision Assistant.

 

  • When your Signal Check Ratings appear, click the Signal Check (the Wi-Fi symbol) for each category.  
    An explanation of why you received that rating for that category will appear.
     
  • Each category in your Signal Check Rating has a color and an icon associated with it. 
    Look at the rubric that comes with your assignment for definitions of each category and performance level.

     
  • The more bars that are filled in with the color, the stronger your performance is.
    More gray bars mean that you have room to improve.

     
  • You can have multiple Signal Checks open at the same time.
    You can close any of them by clicking the X to the side of the questions.

 

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Understanding Signal Check Highlighting & Comments

 

After you request a Signal Check, you'll notice that Revision Assistant will highlight certain sentences in your essay and icons will pop up next to the highlighted sentences.  Continue reading to find out what these highlighted sentences and icons means and how they can help you become a writing master!

 

 

  • Revision Assistant highlights sentences where your work is particularly strong or weak.
     
  • The color of the highlighted text corresponds to the categories in the ratings.
     
  • A comment is hidden behind the matching icon to the right of your paper, next to the highlighted sentence.
    Click on 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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