Supporting your students

There are a number of ways that you can support your students with Turnitin, whether it is on how to submit a report, how to interpret it, how to improve academic writing or even on the consequences of breaching academic integrity. Below are a few different resources for yourself to review as well as resources that you can share with your students.

How to support your students

Turnitin can also function as a teaching tool to help students with their writing skills and encourage academic integrity in their work. Students may not have experienced Turnitin before, and may not understand the processes involved, the purpose of using Turnitin, or how to resolve a high similarity score. They may also only see it as an integrity checking tool and miss out on its academic benefits.

Ideally, students will see Turnitin as a means to improve and polish their writing to a high academic standard, not just a tool to catch them plagiarising. To help students use Turnitin to its fullest potential, it is important to clearly communicate to students the following:

  • The current academic integrity policies and procedures
  • What Turnitin is and why you are using it
  • How to do a test submission with Turnitin and interpret the similarity report
  • How to improve their writing using Turnitin as a revision tool
  • How to avoid common mistakes that create a high Turnitin similarity score

Also, you can complete the MEA module on Mental Health Basics for Educators at Monash outlining other ways you can support student wellbeing and mental health at Monash. This is helpful to better understand the stresses of assessment students may be going through.

What resources and services are available to students

How do I use Turnitin?

This Library guide provides an overview on how to use Turnitin. Consider providing students with an opportunity to submit low-stakes writing to Turnitin before any high-stakes assessment tasks. This will allow them to become familiar with the process of submission, getting reports, and using Turnitin to improve their writing skills.

The similarity report

This Library guide provides students with some guidance on how to use the report as a positive and productive tool to improve their writing. Also, included in this guide is a live demonstration of a Turnitin similarity report that students can interact with.

How do I increase originality?

This Library guide can be a useful resource for students as it answers some relevant questions on how to reduce the similarity index. Students need support to understand what actions to take from their similarity report.

Compulsory Unit Modules - Academic Integrity and Respect at Monash

Both Australian and Malasian new students need to complete the compulsory unit on academic integrity. If you are teaching a first year unit or have new students in your unit, you can share the link to these modules for them to complete.

Academic integrity, plagiarism and collusion student website

This web link provides students with resources and training modules on how to avoid plagiarism and collusion, how to avoid cheating and breaches of academic integrity. This is an excellent source to support students with all matters relating to academic integrity.

Student Academic Success: Learning and Language Support

Encourage students to seek advice from  learning and language support about understanding the assessment task. Students can make appointments or attend a drop-in session with a Learning Adviser who can assist them with interpreting and analysing the requirements of assessments. They can also learn about time management, including managing multiple assessment tasks across the semester.

English Connect 

English Connect offers a suite of resources to assist students in their academic, professional and social language development. These include: Let’s Chat; Global Professional Communication (GPC); online Moodle language skills modules.

Health and wellbeing: Counselling service

Share this link for counselling services so that students can obtain additional support around a number of issues from managing motivation, coping with stress and/or anxiety, prioritisation and managing perfectionism. This is a free service for Monash students.

Assessment and results: Special consideration processes

Share this link to let students know how to apply for special consideration that may allow them to obtain an extension, create another assessment, or sit a deferred exam. Monash provides Special Consideration for students who are experiencing exceptional circumstances beyond their control that affect their ability to successfully complete assessment tasks.


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