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Essential Skills Portal: Get feedback on my work

Use this section to explore two options for receiving feedback on your work: discuss and develop your work at a small group Feedback Seminar, or submit to Studiosity for written feedback on your writing.

You can also view the University’s guidance about external proofreaders.


Studiosity

What is Studiosity?

Studiosity is an online writing feedback service and a live chat service, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. You can submit to or connect with the Studiosity service for free up to 8 times each academic year (in 2021/22) – for either writing feedback or online chat (or any combination of the two).

In the 2021/22 academic year (1st August 2021 - July 31st 2022), you can upload up to 8 samples of work of up to 2,500 words each (or a combination of 8 submissions and chats with Connect Live).

Please be aware that we are not able to grant anyone additional submissions to Studiosity, so aim to plan how you can best use these 8 feedback opportunities across the academic year. 

  • Online Writing Feedback Service: you can upload an extract of your writing (up to 2500 words) and you will receive feedback outlining ways in which you can develop your academic work.
  • Connect Live Chat Service: you can ask a question about your academic writing, study or research skills – interacting with a tutor via text chat and an interactive whiteboard, or using the new voice chat function using your microphone.

 

As well as the two feedback services provided by Studiosity there is also a student mentor service available to level 4 students:

  • Student Connect Mentor Service: you can ask trained student mentors questions about your academic studies, your course or university life in general - interacting with the mentors via text or voice chat.

Student Connect is currently only available for level 4 students and is unlimited (it does not count towards your allowance for the other services). For more information visit our dedicated Student Connect page.

How should I apply my Studiosity feedback?

It is useful to plan when to use your submissions/connections and to use the services alongside the Skills Centre – you can:

  • Participate in a Feedback Seminar – take your feedback report to discuss alongside your peers, where a Learning Advisor will be on hand to provide expert guidance.
     
  • Book a 30 minute 1 to 1 appointment with an Academic Skills Advisor (telephone or Blackboard web chat available – use your Studiosity feedback report to guide your discussion and develop your academic writing & style.

  • Use online e-learning resources from the Skills Centre – explore our in-depth online study guides and e-learning modules.

How can I access Studiosity?

You access Studiosity via My Hallam (see below for instructions):

  • Step 1: To access the Studiosity service, first log into My Hallam.

  • Step 2: Scroll down, and click on the Studiosity box to access the service. This is only visible to students - staff cannot access Studiosity.