Using tutor feedback

Recognising feedback when you get it

Tutor feedback

You can get some form of feedback from a great variety of sources:

  • Your tutor. 
  • Yourself.
  • Your classmates. 
  • Computers.
  • A family member.
  • Employers.
  • Study assistance staff.

What forms does feedback take?

  • Formal written feedback -a report written by a tutor summarising your strengths and weaknesses. Use the scribbles in the margins or corrections on the page as feedback too.
  • Formal spoken feedback- comments on your work in a tutorial or seminar. Can be more substantial and useful than written feedback because you also get the chance to ask questions. Remember to record what was said. 
  • Checklist forms -a set of marking criteria with tick-boxes which indicate whether you were poor, fair or excellent. Forms can use a graded scale that helps calculate your final score and your overall grade.
  • Model answers- a model after your assessment shows how your work can look next time; a model before your assessment tells you how your assignment should look now (feedforward).
  • Computer-generated feedback-  can give feedback immediately including some generalised comments as well as your score.
  • Informal spoken feedback- consists of any agreement, disagreement, argument or discussion relating to your work. Gives you the chance to reflect and change your opinion or approach. 
  • Informal written feedback- notes in the margin of a draft paper; a list of common errors or common successes; pointers on a PowerPoint slide or from a seminar task observation
  • Self check- leave the paper or presentation alone and return later with fresh eyes. How well are you progressing? In what areas do you need to seek help so you can improve?