Making the most of feedback
Monica Fernandes, Academic Skills Adviser
ASK WEEK Pathways to Success 18-22 November 2013
to get ready to receive feedback
should be done with feedback?
reflection contributes to feedback.
Mistakes to avoid
Quick Think... This
about your past assignments and essay writing…
are your weaknesses?
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
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
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
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...
your work will help with eventual revision for exams
of your subject/ topic will
improve. This will
improve both knowledge and confidence
The best benefit... It’s
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 donâ€™t understand?
Top tip... Make this a habitâ€Ś.
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.
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
Addressing the question
Presentation and style
are willing to help you with their
feedback Feedback Feedback
isn’t personal criticism
is the key to academic development and excellence
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