Identifying Weak Sentences in Student Drafts: A Tutoring System

  • Samuel González LópezEmail author
  • Steven Bethard
  • Aurelio López-López
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 292)


The first draft of an undergraduate student thesis generally presents deficiencies, which must be polished with the help of the academic advisor to get an acceptable document. However, this task is repeated every time a student prepares his thesis, becoming extra time spent by the advisor. Our work seeks to help the student improve the writing, based on intelligent tutoring and natural language processing techniques. For the current study, we focus primarily on the conclusions section of a thesis. In this paper we present three tutoring system components: Identifying Weak Sentences, Classifying the Weak Sentences, Customizing Feedback to Students. Our system identifies weaknesses in sentences, such as the use of general instead of specific terms, or the absence of reflections and personal opinions. We provide initial models and their evaluations for each component.


Weak sentences Thesis drafts Conclusion evaluation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Samuel González López
    • 1
    Email author
  • Steven Bethard
    • 2
  • Aurelio López-López
    • 1
  1. 1.National Institute of Astrophysics, Optics and ElectronicsTonantzintlaMéxico
  2. 2.University of Alabama at BirminghamBirminghamUSA

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