If your paper is returned for articulation or professional communication concerns, there are a few steps you can follow to make it stronger before you resubmit.
Step 1: View the attached comments in Taskstream
When your task is returned for articulation or professional communication revisions, you will receive a document showing some of your representative errors in the task. These comments are not meant to be comprehensive, but rather give you an idea of where to start with your revision process. The image below shows where the document can be found.
Step 2: Learn more about your error types in the Guide to Academic Writing
The evaluator's comments will likely use words like sentence fluency and word choice. It's vital that you have a clear understanding of the rules governing your errors--if you don't know these rules, you can't apply them in your writing. Look for unfamiliar terms in the evaluator's comments and learn more about those terms in the Guide to Academic Writing.
There are two ways to navigate the Guide:
Use the dropdown menu on the left if you know a specific module you want to view. Often, the evaluator's comments will direct you to view certain modules. You can navigate to those on the menu on the left.
If you want to search for specific terms, you can use the search feature on the top right. This will direct you to appropriate modules as well.
Read through the instructional material and engage in the interactive activities. Remember, the more you understand the rules, the better you'll be able to apply those rules in your writing.
Step 3: Now that you have a better grasp of your errors, make corrections
Go through your paper and correct the errors pointed out in the evaluator's comments. In addition, look for the same types of errors in the remainder of the document. You may want to use the CTRL F feature to find error types. For example, if you have a tendency to overuse the vague pronoun "these," you can search for the word to look for opportunities to add clarity to your sentences.
As you proofread, be sure to read your paper out loud. When we read with our eyes only, we tend to move more quickly—often too quickly to catch everything. Additionally, when we read with our eyes only, our brains will often automatically correct errors, and we will misread what is actually on the page. Fortunately, when you read with your ears as well, you can overcome this limitation in the following ways:
So read out loud when revising! You will catch a lot more errors that way.
Step 4: Schedule an appointment with the Writing Center
Once you feel you've corrected the errors, schedule a Writing Center appointment. We can identify if there are error patterns you've missed that need to be corrected before resubmitting your task. We can also discuss strategies you can use for proofreading to make your professional communication as strong as possible.
Don't be frustrated if your task is returned for articulation revisions! Instead, view it as an opportunity to make your writing stronger. If you have any questions about the revision process, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.