Getting Started

Bringing new technologies into the classroom is challenging. You not only need to learn how the new technology works but also need to learn how to use it effectively.

Setting Up the Eli Review App

Once you’ve decided that you want to use Eli Review, creating an account and starting a course are incredibly easy. Just go to and follow these steps:


  1. Create an account – learn more or create one now.
  2. Start a new course.
  3. If you’re a new instructor, start your free two-week period*.
  4. Direct students to sign up and, if necessary, purchase a subscription**.
  5. From the course roster, get a unique code to share with students, who’ll use it to enroll.
  6. Design tasks and assign them to students.


  1. Create an account – learn more or create one now.
  2. Join a course by supplying the unique course code provided by your instructor.
  3. If you’re a college or university student, you may need to purchase a subscription.
  4. Complete tasks assigned by your instructor.

* Free two weeks – instructors can start two weeks of free access that will give students full access to participate in courses without buying a subscription. Learn more about free two weeks.

** About subscriptions – Eli Review is a subscription-based service. Some schools purchase subscriptions in bulk for students; if not, students purchase subscriptions individually. Learn more about subscriptions or contact us for additional information.

Student Registration Resources

These resources explain to students how to create an account, join a course*, and subscribe.

*To join your course, students need to course code that appears at the top of the Roster tab in Eli Review. All of the resources below should be customized to include your specific course code.

Cut-and-Paste Language for Syllabi, Email, Handouts, Etc

This language can be copied-and-pasted directly from this page into a student document to help instruct them to sign up for Eli and get enrolled in your course.

Eli Review is an online course tool that helps us learn to get better at giving feedback and revising. These steps explain how to create an account, join a course, subscribe, and submit tasks.

  1. Go to
  2. Click the “New to Eli Review? Sign up!” button to create your account. Be sure to choose the “Student” option. Consider using your school email, but any address will work.
  3. Join our course: In the box labeled “Ready to join a course?,” enter this  course code: aaaa###bbbbb

Note: be sure to customize step 3 with the roster code from your course




Incorporating Eli Review Into Your Classroom

When you invite a technology into your classroom, you invite its pedagogy too. Eli Review is both a tool and a writing pedagogy.

Melissa Meeks, our director of professional development, is eager to consult with teachers looking to get great results with Eli Review. But, if you’re looking to get started on your own, here are three small, achievable goals, and the steps you can take to reach them:

Small, Achievable Goals Steps You Can Take
  1. Get comfortable with Eli, the technology. Students smell fear, so instructors need to be confident new users who can justify the reasons for the work they are asking students to do.
  1. Borrow and customize tasks. Designing targeted reviews on smaller bits of writing is a different approach, so use what others have freely offered. Then, return the favor by sharing tasks you write later.
  1. Choose one new thing try every few weeks. Eli’s got a lot of features; you don’t have to use all of them to see student learning improve.

Melissa goes deeper into these simple steps on our blog. There are many pathways to success using Eli Review, but these are some first steps you can try on your own.

Learning More

You can contact Melissa Meeks, Eli’s director of professional development, and:

  • get a tutorial about how Eli works and how it might work in your classroom;
  • schedule a series of conference calls throughout the term;
  • identify one or two instructors to work closely with Melissa to design a library of tasks for your institution and then to mentor other instructors on-campus.

Have any additional questions about how to use Eli Review? Contact us at [email protected].

Eli Review Free Trial

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