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Making the most of feedback

Monica Fernandes, Academic Skills Adviser

ASK WEEK Pathways to Success 18-22 November 2013


Objectives  How

to get ready to receive feedback

 What

 How

should be done with feedback?

reflection contributes to feedback.

 Mistakes to avoid


Quick Think...  This

about your past assignments and essay writing…

 What

are your weaknesses?

 What

are your strengths?


Get ready for feedback...  Know

when it will be received  How it will be delivered  Essay coversheet  Personal tutor  General discussions in class  One-to one discussions (office hours or consultation times)


Get ready for feedback... (cont.)  It could

be as a

 Constructive

 Question


or  Idea for future consideration


Know what it is  Feedback

creates a dialogue with commentary  highlights strengths and weaknesses  helps to further develop your critical thinking skills  helps to improve your academic writing 


Understand it... What’s If

the assessment criteria?

there’s something you don’t understand ASK


problems you might face

Being unsure

of what the marker means with their comment  the comment is illegible.


Reflection is the word!  Feedback

is a great way to understand where you can improve your work

 This

is done with the help of  Your personal tutors  Peers  Other lecturers  Family members!


Beyond improving your marks...

Improve your academic performance

Develop your transferable skills  Research



 Communication  Using evidence with



Other benefits of feedback...

 Reviewing

your work will help with eventual revision for exams

 Your understanding

of your subject/ topic will

improve.  This will

improve both knowledge and confidence


The best benefit... It’s


 You

can apply 1 piece of feedback from one assignment to all your other assignments



ď Ž On

the post it write 2 comments of feedback you have previously had on your work

+ I have my feedback, now what? 1.

Get your essay and have quick look at general comments and your marks


Put aside until you can see it more objectively


Look over the essay in more detail (between 20-30 minutes)


Re-read general comments and take note of the main points


Re-read the essay taking into account what your lecturer has said/ comments made. Is there anything you don’t understand?


Top tip... Make this a habit‌.

After every essay, write down 1 or 2 points you want to improve and improve that aspect in your next assignment.


Your biggest mistake...  Is

to glance at feedback and solely focusing on your mark.

 If

you don’t use your lecturer’s feedback, you’re losing 50% of the value of doing the essay.


General marking criteria


Information and knowledge


Understanding the topic


Reading the literature beyond the lecture


Independent thinking


Addressing the question


Presentation and style


Remember  Lecturers

are willing to help you with their

feedback  Feedback  Feedback

isn’t personal criticism

is the key to academic development and excellence


For more help...

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