20 Best Practices for Using Turnitin Feedback Studio

To drive student success, educators need to effectively know how to use the digital tools and technology they are using in the classroom. Preparing curriculum and assignments, grading, testing -- all time consuming parts of an educator’s role that may diminish the time an educator needs to learn the efficiencies of a tool. 

Turnitin Feedback Studio helps educators deliver feedback that engages students, promotes original writing, and drives college and career readiness. When used appropriately, Turnitin Feedback Studio helps educators save time AND deliver more effective feedback. 

We asked some of our Feedback Studio “power users” to share their best practices for how to better use Feedback Studio. Together with our training team, we came up with a list of 20 top tips. 

We hope that you take a look, give them a try--after the holidays, of course--and then let us know what you think!

20 Feedback Studio Best Practices

       Class/Assignment Set Up

  1. When naming classes, include the year, class period, and semester information in the class name. This will help you more quickly locate your classes later (especially when looking for papers that are source matches)! For example: 2016/2017 - Creative Writing - Period 1. (V. Rodriguez)
  2. If distributing the class ID and Enrollment Password to students so they can self-enroll, go back and change the class enrollment password after you've confirmed that all the required students are enrolled in the class. This practice eliminates duplicate and unauthorized student enrollment in the class. (C. McClure)
  3. Have clearly defined policies and procedures for students who happen to have high Similarity Score matches. Include this information in your Syllabus. (J. Haber, St. Petersburg College)
  4. Have monthly calls with your Turnitin account manager. This check-in is important, especially for administrators, to ensure the successful use of the product. It’s a chance to discuss if the product is being adopted, that it’s being used properly and fully (based on the institution’s needs), any new changes, and any challenges they are facing. (V. Rodriguez)
  5. Email submission receipts, so students can use it as reference for speaking with their instructors. (S. Farris, Turnitin Certified Trainer)
  6. Has your team agreed to use a common rubric? The account admin can upload it into the Feedback Studio Rubric Manager to promote consistency when providing students with feedback. Consider adapting our Common Core-aligned rubric templates to meet your specific needs!

    Writing Process

  7. Use Feedback Studio with rough drafts, not final drafts, so students can learn from the feedback and incorporate it into their writing. We know students often ignore feedback when it is accompanied by a grade, and that feedback is most valuable when students have an immediate opportunity to use it to improve their writing. So use Turnitin to improve student writing between rough and final drafts, rather than use it to comment on work when it's too late to fix it. (Ben Bohmfalk, Roaring Fork)
  8. Show developing writers that writing is a process, and Feedback Studio can help to that end. I have students in my face-to-face class practice prewriting strategies, draft thesis statements, upload rough drafts to Turnitin, engage in editing through PeerMark, and I comment on their papers using QuickMarks. In this way, I hope to close the learning loop for them and show them that good writing takes time—and takes multiple stages of development. (A. Wick, Blinn College)
  9. Be real with students about the writing process. I can do this through the stages of Feedback Studio use, but I can also augment by sharing my personal stories with them. I share with students that I am a writer who also happens to be a writing teacher. I am honest with them that I need to go through the writing process, too. I brainstorm, I outline, I research, I interview, I draft . . . and I revise, revise, revise! When they see their writing teacher joining them in the process of writing, they seem to appreciate and understand the time involved to write well. (A. Wick, Blinn College)

    Commenting and Feedback

  10. When leaving feedback (QuickMarks), highlight the text of interest first and then choose the feedback item from the in-context marking menu that appears. This allows teachers to choose up to five different colors for the highlighted text and will link the feedback item directly to the highlighted portion of text. (J. Riley)
  11. Create a customized set of QuickMarks to optimize grading and scoring. Customized QuickMarks can be useful in tailoring feedback to a certain assignment or discipline, while saving instructors time in responding to multiple sets of papers. (A. Wick, Blinn College)
  12. Have students review their drag-n-drop QuickMarks comments and find one higher order concern (HOC) and one lower order concern (LOC) that they will review and correct. (J. Haber, St. Petersburg College)
  13. Encourage students to engage in their feedback. Require an assignment that makes them review their work and make improvements. (J. Haber, St. Petersburg College)
  14. Send all students a Voice Comment on their first papers so that they can hear what you have to say. (J. Haber, St. Petersburg College)
  15. Utilize the ETS® e-rater® grammar check that is built within Feedback Studio.  This tool automatically suggests corrections for grammar, spelling, style and mechanics.

    Plagiarism and Citation

  16. Use the Similarity Score as a teaching rather than a punitive tool. Plagiarism is often unintentional, and students may not be aware of or understand copying-and-pasting and citing sources. A high Similarity Score is a teachable moment. (J. Gopalakrishnan)
  17. Educate students about the different ways plagiarism occurs. Many students are of the copy and paste ideology only. See the 10 types of Plagiarism.
  18. Understand that the match on the Similarity Score may not correlate with exactly where the student took it from (but it is still preexisting material and not original). (S. Farris, Turnitin Certified Trainer)
  19. Have students print out the Similarity report. This allows them to see all the comments with the grade and summary of sources, and then take it to writing center, tutors, TAs, office hours. (W. Shumar)
  20. Allow students to do Peer Review assignments. This allows students to read, review, and score or evaluate one or many papers submitted by their classmates. At the end of the Peer Review assignment, the papers will be distributed so that all the students are able to read the comments left on their work. Tell students to click Save to come back and finish it, and Save & Send when they want to share it with their peers.

Have a great tip that you’d love to share?  Please send it along to, and we will include it in an upcoming post! 

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