Understand it!

Can I acknowledge how the feedback makes me feel, and be okay with that feeling? How does the feedback suggest my assignment meets or does not meet the assessment criteria? Do the examples help clarify what is meant? Can I discuss it?

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How does the feedback make me feel, and will this prevent me working with it?

Receiving feedback on a piece of work can inspire in you a range of different emotions no matter what level of expertise you have - from elation to fatigue to misery. Not that surprisingly, academics submitting papers to peer-review journals also have a similar experience of reviewer feedback. This is a blog post about the emotional reaction of a researcher and how they work through it to learn and improve their writing. Receiving feedback that challenges you, as opposed to telling you that your work is perfect, is a far more useful as it helps to learn and develop further.

How can you deal with the negative emotions around feedback?

1. Acknowledge how you feel about the feedback.

2. Remember that the feedback is on your work, at that point in time, not a judgement about you as a person.

3. Be determined to engage with it - think of your long term goal, and how this feedback will help you develop towards that.

4. If its particularly upsetting or makes you angry, you might want to give yourself a break (i.e. not analyse the feedback straight away), and return to it after a few days, with determination.

5. Talk about it. Sometimes a different perspective can help. Sometimes having someone listen to you can help you understand your emotions better and move on.


Understanding your feedback!

One way of understanding and applying your feedback is to use the following Feedback Analysis approach. To summarise, it helps you link an assessment that has received feedback with an upcoming assessment, identify different types of feedback, and then guides you through the following steps:

TIP: use overviews such as the marking rubric and feedback summary to identify the main strengths of the work and the areas for improvement. Then, use the in-text comments to provide more detail, examples and clarity around what these strengths and areas of improvement actually are.

Step 1: Identify your relevant strengths, so you can continue to use in the next assessment. Use the marking rubric

Step 2: Identify the three main things you can improve for your next assessment.

Step 3: Plan how you will develop these.

Watch the video below or look at this guidance. There are also a worked through examples from history and english.

Try this Feedback Analysis approach to help you apply feedback from one assessment to another. Share and discuss this reflection and action plan with your peers, mentor, lecturer, personal tutor or study skills adviser - discussion is a great way to develop understanding further.

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