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Writing Your Essay

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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

 


 

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

  2. Read the prompt and any sources carefully!
     

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

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

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

  6. 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!

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  7. After you've written a paragraph, click the Signal Check button for feedback.

    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.
     
     
  8. Select the top feedback to see how you did on certain skills overall.

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

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  10. 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.
     

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

  12. Edit your work based on Signal Check feedback and any Proofread Mode findings.
     

     


    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.

     

  13. Each time you click Signal Check, Revision Assistant saves a draft of your essay 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     
       

  14. 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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