• Feedback consists of comments about how well you performed a task, or assignment, according to the criteria, and is used as a basis for improvement.

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    Understanding feedback

    Although it is not meant personally, it can seem like your feedback is a shouted list of incomprehensible comments just like this:

    Click on the different sections of this guide to see what your markers mean when they write things like “more explanation needed”:

    Seek advice

    If you are unsure about what your feedback means, talk to your lecturer or Academic Advisor, or see us at the Centre for Academic Development for a one-to-one session.

    Oral feedback

    A lot of the feedback you get will be spoken in seminars, lectures, and tutorials. It can be easy to forget this kind of feedback. This guide can help you recognise and use it:

    Using feedback in future

    A common criticism of feedback at university is that it only applies to the assignment you’ve just done. Therefore, it’s good to split up your feedback comments into those relating to your understanding of the module (e.g. key concepts useful for upcoming exams) and those relating to skills for all assignments (e.g. correct referencing useful for next essay). This practical guide helps you apply your feedback for future improvements:

    Action plan

    Looking at feedback straight away can be emotional and frustrating. Give yourself some time and distance. It can be helpful to make a checklist or plan to help reflect more objectively on what to work on next. See this guide on making a feedback action plan: