There are a lot of services around the uni that aim to work with students to help them academically. I recently found out about Check Mate from a lecturer; while there is a very nice page that goes into great detail about the service that can be found on the FedUni website, it was the first time I had heard of it. Check Mate is basically an editing service where you can upload your assessment — essay or otherwise — and have it check for things like structure, referencing, spelling, and language choice, just to name a few.

You can upload your assessment at any time and you can expect to hear back from them within 24 hours. I decided to give Check Mate a try last month when I uploaded a film analysis I was ready to submit. I am sure that I am not the only student that gets to the point they are sick of looking at, let alone editing, their work and more than ready to send it off, errors and all. So, I uploaded my analysis, put the essay question in when prompted, and waited to see their reply.

I received the review of my assessment in under 24 hours, and I found the response pleasant and professional. They picked up on a few things such as a missing word, a sentence fragment, a couple of spelling mistakes, and the fact my conclusion was still in two parts because I had forgot to hit the backspace key. Having a fresh pair of eyes on your assessment is a great help, and it can also potentially help improve your mark. This is a service that I would highly recommend taking advantage of.

Check Mate can be found under YourTutor in Moodle, and for more information search for ‘after hours tutoring’ on the FedUni website.

Words by Ashleigh Dyer