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Using feedback

How to use feedback to improve your work.

What do you usually do when you are given feedback for an essay, presentation or assignment?

Perhaps you don't want to read it. It can be difficult to read comments that seem negative when you have been working hard. However, please don't think of these comments as negative.

Think of feedback as your guide. Use your feedback (for example, from your draft assignments) with your Marking Criteria. Look at both of these, so that you can see how to improve your work and your skills.

Imagine if a company didn't listen to its customers' feedback. It might lose valuable customers.

How to use your feedback positively

  1. First of all, check that you understand your feedback. If you're unsure of anything, ask your tutor to explain.
  2. Now that you understand your feedback, you can use it positively. Start by underlining and making a list of the important points in it.
  3. Look at other feedback you have received, and also look at your Marking Criteria. How do these feedback comments connect to them?
  4. Next, transform your feedback into actions you can take. 'I must work harder' is not an action, and is not specific. For example, if your feedback says 'References?', you need to check that you have used a reference and that it is in the correct format.
  5. Finally, copy the important feedback information onto a document and keep it with other feedback. Connect together into categories any similar feedback comments you receive, so that you can see if you need to work on particular areas.

Ask your tutor or for advice if you are not sure how to use your feedback.

Be positive. You have just used your feedback to improve your skills!

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