Addressing Each Student with Feedback Studio
Preparing Students for AP Exams
Mark VitalEnglish and AP Psychology Teacher Advanced Math And Science Academy Charter School, Massachusetts
"The feedback is more valuable. It’s more readily accessible. It is more directed towards the AP exam."
Mark Vital uses Turnitin to ensure consistent, in-depth, and effective instruction in two vastly different learning contexts. For his 6th graders, it is about building a solid foundation of stepping stones earlier through increased student engagement and the accessibility of their online portfolio. For 12th graders, he strives to give targeted feedback to aid student understanding of the AP scoring system, and improve their performance.
“Today, too many of our students want to use the easy way out, and the internet is the easy way out.” Vital uses Turnitin Feedback Studio’s similarity matching to teach proper citation practices and enforce academic responsibility. He provides comments on student work within Feedback Studio to build foundational writing skills in his 6th grade students: “there are stepping stones that every writer must have initially.”
Vital’s 12th grade students encounter separate challenges in AP courses. Students have essays called FRWs (Frequent Response Questions), each with point values assigned to them during the exam. In Feedback Studio, Vital can show students how specific feedback ties to their grade, saving him time and giving students clarity. “The feedback is more valuable. It’s more readily accessible. It is more directed towards the AP exam.”