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Writing Your Essay

Writing your essays in Revision Assistant is easy!  And on a Signal Check assignment, you can ask for ways to improve your writing (or as we call it a "Signal Check") from Revision Assistant as often as you'd like during your assignment.  Click the links below or keep reading for tips for writing your essay and requesting feedback on your Signal Check assignment.    Laptop_IconsMedium.png




Getting Started


  1. Open the assignment you'd like to work on.

  2. Some prompts will have sources on the page, such as articles, poems,
    pictures, or videos you'll have to analyze in order to answer the prompt.

  3. Read the prompt and any sources carefully!




Using the Highlighter



  1. Drag your cursor over the section you want to highlight in the prompt or sources.

  2. When you release the cursor, a menu will pop-up.

  3. Select Highlight.


Removing Highlights


  1. Click the highlighted section.

  2. When you release the cursor, a menu will pop-up again.

  3. Select Remove Highlight.




Note: Only you can see your highlights, not your teacher! This feature is just for you.
Also, you won't lose your highlights if you refresh the page or exit the assignment. 




Writing Your Masterpiece!


OptionalSelect Start Prewriting to type and send your essay framework to your Writing Space before starting your essay. See Using the Prewriting Tool for more info on how to use this feature.


  1. Select the Start Writing button at the top of the page or after the prompt. The Writing Space will appear.



  1. Add a title to your essay in the special "title" section above the main writing area.
    You may change the title at any time.

  2. Start typing your essay the way you normally would with any other writing software. It's that simple!

  3. You can use the buttons below the Writing Space to format, manually save, and download your work.
    Pssst!  You can download your essay and upload it into Feedback Studio if your class uses it!




Requesting Feedback


  1. After you've written a paragraph, click the Signal Check button.

  2. Feedback on your writing shows up at the top of your essay and along the side.

    Note: If you get a pop-up saying Revision Assistant couldn’t give you feedback, edit your essay using the steps in the pop-up. Then, request another Signal Check. See Understanding Signal Check Feedback.
  3. Select the top feedback to see how you did on certain skills overall.

  4. Select the icons along the side to see specific examples of your strengths and struggle areas. 






Using Proofread Mode


  1. After one Signal Check, you'll get a pop-up saying you can use Proofread Mode.
    This mode will check your essay for spelling and grammar errors.

  2. Switch on the toggle below your essay to enter Proofread Mode. You can exit this mode at any time.

  3. Click the Proofread button. Any spelling and grammar errors in your essay will show up in a side panel.

  4. You can use Signal Check feedback and any Proofread Mode findings to edit your work.


    Note: You get unlimited Signal Check requests (!), but only three Proofreads per assignment. Make
    them count! Try to save one Proofread to use as a final grammar check before turning in your work.



Viewing Drafts


  1. Each time you click Signal Check or Proofread, a draft of your essay is saved with all your feedback.
    You can use one of these two methods to see your previous drafts and feedback:

    1. Click the circled number in the side panel         OR

    2. Scroll below your Writing Space to expand a collapsed version of your draft 

  2. To only see a specific type of previous draft (i.e. only Signal Check drafts or only Turned In drafts), 
    click the Show [Draft Type] dropdown in the top right above your Writing Space.






Turning It In


  1. When you’re finished, select the Turn In button.
    But don't worry - you can keep writing and turning in work until your teacher closes the assignment!



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