• There is a video on YouTube in which Matt Davies hilariously captures the problem that may students have with written feedback. When faced with any kind of criticism, it is hard not to hear a shouting voice and difficult not to take it personally.  

    It is worth remembering that the feedback you receive in university, whether written or spoken, formal or informal, is meant to help you reach your full potential. Using feedback is not about dwelling on what may have gone wrong in the past, but drawing lessons from previous work that can enhance what you do in the future. 

    The language tutors use for feedback can seem like a bit of a 'code'. Upgrade can help you unpick what is meant and point you to changes to make in the future.

    • Feedback forward 

      (University of Leicester) Practical advice on getting the most out of feedback.

    Feedback may be:

    • Written

      (University of Sussex, UK) From a personal tutor, lecturer, seminar or module leader, placement supervisor, other students, online or on your work. 
    • Oral

      (University of Sussex, UK) From a lecturer or placement supervisor, from other students, in conversation or in comments to a group.

    If you get feedback, written or verbal, on an early draft, go through it and try and work out what each point means for you in practice, and how you can act on it.

    • How you can use feedback

      (University of Sussex, UK) Focused advice of using feedback – and students talking about how they use feedback.
    • Using feedback

      (University of Sussex, UK) Tutors talk about how they expect students to use their feedback.