1Don’t just look at the grade – Many students just look at the grade on a piece of work and ignore the feedback from the lecturer. Try reading the feedback first before looking at the grade as the feedback will assist you in future projects.
2Engage with the feedback – The feedback you receive should have action points that describe ways to improve your work. Create an action plan that transforms the feedback into a written list and order the list in priority (most important first).
3Understand the feedback – Some written comments you receive may be difficult to understand. If you can’t read the writing or understand the language used in the feedback, you should contact the lecturer and ask for a face to face meeting.
4Listen to the feedback – The feedback you are getting is designed to help you improve your work, it is not a personal criticism. You may not agree with all the points raised in your feedback, but if you get defensive and don’t listen, you will miss the opportunity to improve your work.
5Reflect on your feedback – Often the most valuable part of feedback is your reflection upon it. Even if you disagree with the comments, thinking about why can help you clarify your understanding. Without reflection, you keep doing things in same way and never improve.
6Stay motivated – Feeling unmotivated by a poor grade can knock your confidence and motivation but don’t give up! The feedback you receive should tell you what you need to do to remedy the current situation or future assessments.
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