Providing Targeted and Customized Feedback to Community College Students

Improving Student Writing Skills

Providing Targeted and Customized Feedback to Community College Students

Alan Loya

English Professor Citrus College, California

"Turnitin allows me to respond to the different problems and concerns that each student has regardless of what the other students in the class have going on in their papers. I can uniquely tailor my comments to specifically address issues and concerns that every student has."

Alan Loya teaches developmental writing every year and relies on Turnitin Feedback Studio to help him give the feedback his students need to reach their academic goals. “Turnitin allows me to respond to the different problems and concerns that each student has regardless of what the other students in the class have going on in their papers. I can uniquely tailor my comments to specifically address issues and concerns that every student has.” Loya has seen underprepared students come into his classroom with little idea of how to structure written work and little familiarity with the basics of writing. After using Feedback Studio, his students have an awareness of language that they didn't have before, and they have more confidence in their own writing: “Now I know. I know how to write in college.”

Loya's student, Jacob, has seen a marked improvement in his own writing." I remember when I first began citing in high school and I got my papers back in Turnitin, I didn’t quite understand where it is the quote ended, where I needed to put my citations at. And over time, it just became a natural process. I could do it without even thinking about it now. It’s tremendously improved in these two years."