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Ways to get constructive feedback on written work through AI

Ways to get constructive feedback on written work through AI

The importance of constructive feedback

To improve one’s writing style, one needs some quality feedback. This will point out where one is doing well and where one still needs improvement. It can also give one specific suggestion on how to improve some of their weaker areas.

A study on the effectiveness of feedback in writing assignments among upper secondary school pupils has shown that 70% of the respondents believed the feedback often helped them improve their writing.

With feedback being a key step in the writing process, it’s important for students to know where and how they could get feedback.

Although peer feedback is really important, sometimes it might not be feasible for everyone. To overcome this, one can use AI to help.

AI has the ability to give constructive feedback on almost all written work produced by students. It could give advice in almost every aspect.

To show the capabilities of AI, an example paper is used to indicate how AI could be used to help students produce better papers.

An example APUSH LEQ paper written by a student will be used.

Method #1

One way to get constructive feedback is to directly ask for it. Before inputting one’s essay, one can ask the AI to provide constructive feedback.

This would result in a response that aligns with the following

Certainly! Here are some constructive feedback points for your essay:

Introduction: The introduction sets the stage for the essay by providing an overview of World War II and the role of the United States. It effectively captures the conflict between good and evil and highlights key events like the Holocaust and the attack on Pearl Harbor. However, it would be beneficial to provide a clear thesis statement that outlines the main points you will discuss in the essay.

Organization and structure: The essay could benefit from a clearer organizational structure. Consider dividing the body paragraphs into distinct sections, each focusing on one aspect (economy and production, military technology, nuclear development) of the U.S. contribution to the war effort. This would provide a logical flow and help the reader follow your arguments more easily.

Supporting evidence: While you touch upon various aspects of the U.S. contribution, it would be helpful to provide more specific examples and evidence to support your points. For instance, when discussing the economy and production, you mention the implementation of assembly lines but do not provide specific examples of the impact it had on the war effort or how it surpassed Japanese and German production. Adding concrete data and examples would strengthen your arguments.

Causal connections: Make sure to establish clear causal connections between the technological advancements and the U.S. victory. How did the advancements in economy and production directly contribute to the victory? How did military technology provide an advantage? Be explicit in explaining how each technological aspect played a role in shaping the outcome of the war.

Conclusion: The conclusion briefly summarizes the main points discussed but could be expanded to provide a more comprehensive reflection on the significance of these technological advancements. Consider discussing the long-term implications of the U.S. emergence as a dominant power and how these advancements shaped the post-war era.

By addressing these areas, you can enhance the clarity, coherence, and depth of your essay. Keep in mind that providing specific examples, causal connections, and a well-structured argument will strengthen your overall analysis of the U.S. contribution to World War II.

As one can see from the response given, AI gives feedback on almost every aspect of the essay. It starts from the introduction to the conclusion giving advice for most major aspects one needs in an essay.

Method #2

However if one wants specific feedback on their work, one could have the AI read your paper based on rubric guidelines. By inputting the guidelines one by one you can get specific feedback for your paper.

After stating the prompt and a guideline from the LEQ rubric, ChatGPT was able to reply to the example essay as follows

Yes, your essay achieves the requirement of responding to the prompt with a historically defensible thesis/claim that establishes a line of reasoning. Your thesis statement is clear and establishes the focus of your essay: "Technology played a crucial role in the U.S. victory and helped the nation emerge as a dominant world power after WWII due to its advances in economy and production, aerial and other military technology, and science for weapon development."

Throughout the essay, you provide reasoning and evidence to support this thesis. You discuss the impact of the U.S. advancements in economy and production, aerial and military technology, and the development of nuclear weapons. You highlight how these factors contributed to the U.S. victory in World War II and paved the way for the nation to become a dominant global power.

While there are areas where the essay can be further developed, the overall thesis and line of reasoning are historically defensible. By addressing the feedback points provided earlier, you can refine and strengthen your essay further to make a more comprehensive and compelling argument about the role of the U.S. in World War II and its impact on U.S. global power.

Inputting another guideline will give us a response similar to

Your essay effectively addresses the prompt by using historical reasoning to frame and structure your argument. You highlight the role of the United States in World War II and how it set the stage for U.S. global power. Here are some specific points:

Thesis and Organization: Your thesis statement clearly states that technology played a crucial role in the U.S. victory and subsequent emergence as a dominant world power. The essay follows a logical structure, with separate paragraphs discussing the advances in economy and production, aerial and military technology, and the development of nuclear weapons.

Economy and Production: You provide evidence of the significant strides made by the U.S. in the economy and production. The implementation of assembly lines and increased production capacity contributed to the nation's ability to meet war necessities and even generate surpluses. This economic growth had a positive impact on employment, reducing unemployment and benefiting the nation as a whole.

Aerial and Military Technology: You discuss the advancements in aerial and military technology and how they contributed to the U.S. victory. The production of fighter planes and strategic bombers gave the U.S. an advantage over its adversaries. The use of radar for aircraft detection and the development of unbreakable codes, such as the Navajo Code Talkers, further enhanced the U.S. military's capabilities.

Development of Nuclear Weapons: You highlight the major scientific development of nuclear weaponry through the Manhattan Project. The successful creation and deployment of atomic bombs played a significant role in securing the outcome of the war. The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki led to Japan's surrender, marking a decisive victory for the United States.

Impact on U.S. Global Power: You conclude by emphasizing how the combined impact of these technological advancements contributed to the U.S. establishing itself as a dominant power after World War II. The growing economy and prosperity further solidified the nation's position on the global stage.

Overall, your essay effectively uses historical reasoning to support your argument about the role of the U.S. in World War II and its impact on U.S. global power. The essay is well-structured, presents relevant evidence, and logically analyzes the topic.

By inputting guidelines one by one, AI is able to give thorough feedback on one’s essay to further enhance it.

Method #3

Another way for one to get feedback is to give the AI an exemplar paper on which it could base its feedback. Although we cannot provide one for this example, one can easily do so by copying and pasting an essay and asking AI to provide feedback on one’s own essay based on the exemplar provided.

Certainly! Please provide me with the exemplar essay, and I'll be happy to provide feedback based on it.

There are several ways in which one can successfully get feedback on their work without the help of another human being. Now that being said, AI cannot provide perfect feedback. It’s best to also have someone else take a look at your work as it helps enhance the revision process and help you become a better writer.

To end, this article provides a prompt that helps students with their revision process. It provides steps that students can follow to get fast quality feedback.

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