You will receive feedback in various forms, mainly:

  • verbal—for example, from a peer during a class activity
  • written—for example, feedback on a draft essay from an academic/tutor, or from the Smarthinking service.

Feedback indicates your performance on a task, activity or assessment. It shows how well you did, and where improvements can be made.

Review feedback

Take notice of the feedback you receive. It can help improve current and future assignments in the same course, and often can be applied to other assessments.

  • Consider it objectively—put emotions aside.
  • Develop an action plan to improve your work—what skills or knowledge is required?
  • Clarify any feedback you do not understand.
  • Seek information, assistance or advice on ways to improve.

Use feedback received to self-assess your performance. Reflect on the quality of your work and whether explicitly stated goals or assignment criteria have been met. Revise your work accordingly.

Peer feedback

Peer feedback is when feedback is given or received from a fellow student.

It can be:

  • part of a class or learning activity
  • required as part of the assessment process.

Research shows peer feedback improves the quality of academic writing. Feedback from multiple students is more effective than expert feedback.

Give feedback

  • Understand what to focus on.
  • Avoid overwhelming the receiver with too many suggestions. Prioritise important points, being detailed and specific.
  • Phrase comments positively. Identify what has been done well and address criticisms with suggestions for improvement.
  • For major issues refer them to a tutor, staff member, or another student for a second opinion.

Ask for feedback

  • Consider what specific feedback you want.
  • Focus on what concerns you.
  • Which sections do you want to ideas and suggestions to relate to?
  • Identify the parts that require no changes.

Listen to feedback

  • Listen without interrupting—avoid reacting in a threatened or defensive way.
  • Make clear and simple notes.
  • Write down the date with the specific changes suggested.
  • Rephrase and clarify anything you don't understand, or are unsure about.

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