• 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 Adviser, 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:

    Putting your feedback into practice

    Often your feedback identifies what you need to do to improve (e.g. include a wider range of sources) but it doesn't always tell you the steps for how to do this (e.g. plan my time better so I have longer to find different sources). This is why it is important to reflect on your study processes not just the final outcome like the grade. Watch this short video for more advice on how to put your feedback into practice:

    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: