Getting Started for Students

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Documents              Comments               Drafts               Join Course            Assignments               

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Personal Documents

Create Document

You can start writing directly in WriteLab or input a draft you've already written.

  1. Click on the Personal Docs and select + New Document.
  2. If the Document is for an assignment, you can add it to that assignment in the drop-down menu. If it is not for an assignment, select No Assignment.
  3. Click CREATE.
  4. Enter your work into the WriteLab Editor. There are three ways to do this:
    • Type directly into the text field.
    • Copy and paste your writing from another source. For best results, paste without formatting: Ctrl + Shift + V (Windows) or ⌘ + Shift + V (Mac).
    • Click CHOOSE FILE to upload a draft (.docx and .txt files no larger than 10MB).
  5. Click ANALYZE DRAFT. WriteLab will analyze your writing and offer feedback.
 

Manage Personal Documents

The Personal Docs page is on the main menu. From this page you can view and manage your Documents on WriteLab.

  1. To continue writing, click on an existing Document.
  2. To delete a Document, select Document(s) and click Delete.
  3. To share a Document, select the Document and click Share.
  4. To create a new Document, click + New Document.
 

Download and Print Document

From the Personal Docs page, click the title of the Document you wish to download or print. This will take you to the WriteLab Editor.

  • To download as a .docx file, click DOWNLOAD in the toolbar at the bottom of the page.
  • To print, click PRINT in the toolbar at the bottom of the Document or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + P (Windows) or ⌘ + P (Mac).

 

 

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Comments

Review Comments

After WriteLab analyzes your Draft, you can work with WriteLab’s Comments to revise.

  1. The Comments Panel on the left organizes WriteLab's Comments into four writing areas (modules): Clarity, Concision, Logic, and Grammar. Click on each module box to toggle between its Comments and Comments from all four modules.
  2. Select a Comment to work with.
    • Click on highlighted text to bring the corresponding Comment to the top of the panel.
    • Or click on a Comment to see the corresponding highlighted text.
  3. When you're done with the Comment...
    • Click ✔ to indicate that you've revised your sentence. This will place the Comment under the ✔ tab at the top of the panel.
    • Click ✖ to indicate that you have chosen not to revise your sentence. This will place the Comment under the ✖ tab at the top of the panel.
  4. You can view old Comments by clicking the ✔ and ✖ tabs at the top of the panel.
  5. Don't understand a Comment or have a question? Click ❓ to...
    • Visit the Guide for a detailed explanation and examples of the Comment.
    • Send the WriteLab team feedback or ask us a question.
  6. Click the arrow above the Comments to collapse the module menu and see more Comments.
  7. Click the double arrow in the upper-right corner of the Comments Panel to collapse the entire Comments Panel.
 

Restore Comments

You can restore old Comments to the unaddressed tab at any time.

  • Find the Comment in the ✔ or ✖ tab.
  • Click the arrow to restore the Comment to the main tab.
 

Receive New Comments

Revise your Draft as many times as you want, and receive new Comments from WriteLab with every revision.

  • After revising your Draft, click ANALYZE DRAFT and WriteLab will analyze your Draft again.
 
 

Add a Note

You can attach notes to specific words or sentences in your Draft.

Create a Note

  1. Highlight the text on which you would like to comment. (The note button is disabled until you highlight text.)
  2. Click ADD A NOTE in the toolbar. A text box labeled "New Note" will appear in the Comments Panel.
  3. Type your note in the text box.
  4. Click CREATE.

Edit a Note:

  1. Toggle your Notes on in the Comments panel by clicking the rectangle labeled "Notes from you and others."
  2. Find the note you wish to edit, click in the text box, and start typing.
  3. When you have finished editing the note, click SAVE CHANGES.

Delete a Note:

  1. Toggle your Notes on in the Comments panel.
  2. Find the note you wish to delete.
  3. Click the trash can icon in the upper right of the Comment Card. Deleted notes cannot be recovered.
     

 

 

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Drafts

Share Drafts

You can share Drafts in WriteLab to allow peers to view or comment on your writing.

  1. Choose a Document or Draft to share.
  2. Click SHARE DRAFT.
  3. Enter the email addresses of the WriteLab users with whom you want to share your Draft.
  4. Choose the permissions for the user(s) by selecting either View only or Can comment from the dropdown menu.
  5. (Optional) Write a message to accompany the invitation.
  6. Click SHARE. The names and emails of the user(s) with whom you've shared your Draft will appear.
  7. Click SAVE.
 

Change Permissions and Un-share Documents

After you share a Draft with other WriteLab users, you can change their permissions or un-share your Draft so they can no longer view it.

  1. Open the SHARE pop-up.
    • In the text editor, click SHARE DRAFT.
  2. Click Edit Sharing Permissions at the bottom of the pop-up to see a list of the people with whom you've shared your Document.
    • To change permissions, click the sharing permissions to the right of an individual user's name, and select the desired permission from the drop-down menu.
    • To remove a user from a shared Draft, click X. This will remove all permissions.
  3. After making your changes, click SAVE.
 

Leave Notes for Reviewers

Use notes to leave questions or comments for peers, tutors, or teachers who will be reviewing your Draft.

WRITE A NOTE:

  1. Highlight the text on which you would like to comment. (The note button is disabled until you highlight text.)
  2. Click ADD A NOTE in the toolbar. A text box labeled "New Note" will appear in the Comments Panel.
  3. Type your note in the text box.
  4. Click CREATE.

EDIT A NOTE:

  1. Toggle your Notes on in the Comments Panel.
  2. Find the note you wish to edit, click in the text box, and start typing.
  3. When you have finished editing the note, click SAVE.
 
 

See Reviewer Feedback

Reviewers can respond to your notes or leave notes of their own. View and manage feedback from peers, tutors, or teachers in the Comments Panel.

  1. Click the Notes module in the Comments Panel. Notes from your peers, tutors, or teacher will appear below.
    • Tip: Toggle off the other modules so you'll be able to find the notes easily.
  2. Select a note to see the corresponding part of your Draft, or select the text highlighted by a note to see the corresponding note.

DISMISS A NOTE:

  • Click the trash can in the upper right of the Comment Card you want to delete. Deleted notes cannot be recovered.

 

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Join A Course

When a teacher invites you to join his or her WriteLab Course, WriteLab sends a welcome email with an invite code. Use the invite code to join the course and access to your assignments. If you don't have a WriteLab account, follow the instructions in your welcome email to create one.
 

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Assignments

Start Assignment

After your teacher creates an assignment, WriteLab emails you the assignment’s prompt, specifications, and due date. You can view the assignment from the Dashboard or the Assignments page.

  1. Open the Assignments page.
  2. Select the action button for the appropriate assignment. For new assignments it will read Get Started.
  3. This will take you to the WriteLab Editor where you can begin working.
 

Submit Assignment

When you're done drafting your essay, you can submit your work for your teacher to review.

  • Note that after you click Submit, you can no longer make changes to your work.
  • When you teacher publishes your grade you can return to the document to view your Grade Report and feedback! 

 

 

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Add and Remove Documents from Assignment

Need to add an existing Document to an Assignment? No problem. You can also remove Documents from Assignments.

  1. Open Personal Docs.
  2. Select the Document you wish to add or remove from the assignment. 
  3. Click Change Assignment
    • To add the Document to an assignment, select the assignment from the drop-down menu and click SUBMIT.
    • To remove the Document from an assignment, select the No Assignment option from the drop-down menu and click SUBMIT.
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

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