Turnitin: GradeMark

GradeMark is a component of Turnitin available to tutors to support the electronic grading and feedback process. GradeMark contains several tools that academic staff can use in grading and assessing work. This tutorial will cover the use of:

  • Bubble comments
  • Highlighted text comments
  • Inline comments
  • QuickMark comments
  • General comments


A comment is equivalent to a note that a tutor may write in the margins of an essay. A comment might be:

“This is a very good introduction, you’ve clearly identified the focus for the essay and how you intend to answer the question”

 A comment can be up to one thousand characters in length.

Adding a bubble comment to a paper

  • Click on the ‘GradeMark’ icon for a submission to access the interface
  • Click the ‘bubble comment’ icon bubble comment icon.fw (located at the top of the right sidebar)
  • Click on the paper at the point that you want to add a comment and enter your comment into the popup box

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  •  Click the ‘Save’ button to save your comment
  • The comment will be added to the paper as a hover-over bubble

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Editing or deleting a comment

Comments can be edited or deleted by hovering over the ‘bubble’ icon on the paper and clicking the ‘edit’ or ‘trash can’ icon
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Highlighted text comments

A tutor can associate a highlighted section of text with a comment to reference a specific area of text

  • Highlight the text you want
  • Click anywhere within the highlighted text to open up a comment bubble
  • Enter the comment into the text field of the comment bubble
  • Select a highlight color from the 5 color options
  • Click the ‘Save’ button to save the comment

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  • The comment icon will appear where the highlight was clicked
  • You can now drag the comment icon away from the highlight and it will be associated with the highlight by
    a connecting line

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Striking through text

  • You can strike through text within GradeMark by first selecting the text
  • Then hitting either ‘delete’ or ‘backspace’ on the keyboard
  • To delete the strike through hover over the text you have applied it to and then click on the trash
    can icon that appears

Adding an Inline comment to a paper

Inline comments ‘overlay’ paper text and so are suitable to use at the beginning, end or between paragraphs of a submitted paper

  • Click on the ‘GradeMark’ icon for a submission to access the interface
  • Click the ‘Text comment’ icon INLINE COMMENT.fw (located at the top of the right sidebar)
  • Once selected, click on the paper where you want the comment to begin and type your comment
  • When you have finished, click elsewhere on the paper
  • You can edit or delete an inline comment by clicking directly on the text or trash can

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  • To move an inline comment hover your mouse over the border (a white cross with arrowheads will appear), left click the cross and drag to the position you want it


Turnitin has a number of built in ‘QuickMark’ comments that you can use when marking

  • To add a quickmark, drag from the side pane to the point in the paper that you want the comment to appear
  • QuickMarks are stored in ‘sets’. The image below shows the ‘Commonly used’ QuickMark Set


  • To change to another set, click the ‘bulleted list’ icon and select the set that you want
  • You can also add a quickmark to highlighted text. To do this, highlight the text and click a quickmark. You can then drag the quickmark comment away from the highlighttext and it will still be associated by a connecting line

General comments

The general comment tool allows for a longer, general feedback. Content that you would normally write on the Coursework Report Form can be entered here.

The general comments area can be used to record a shadow mark, if required (as this is not captured elsewhere) and can also be used to capture second markers comments, although you may consider clearly identifying this for students, e.g. First marker name and comment, second marker name and comment.

  • Click on the general comments icon at the bottom of the GradeMark sidebar

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  • Enter your name and comment within the text field


  • Click away from the text comment box to save your comment

Allocating a grade

  • When you are ready to give the paper a final grade, click in the grade box at the top right of the screen
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  • You can now manually type in a grade
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  • Click outside the grade box when you have entered a grade (it will save automatically)

Watch the video to see this in action

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Tracey Eaton

Digital Innovation Technologist

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