How can I make the best use of feedback to improve my work?

Use your feedback from tutors to make sure you get the best grades you can. Feedback gives you insights into your strengths and weaknesses, and allows you to improve your academic performance. As an independent learner, you will need to seek out feedback and reflect on the feedback you receive. Then, feed this learning into other pieces of academic work.

Here are our feedback top tips

Look out for feedback: record and use any general feedback that is given to your class or group, as well as individual feedback, and look out for verbal, online and written feedback.

Use the grading criteria: check your feedback against the assessment criteria to understand fully where you have gained or lost marks.

If in doubt, talk it out: check that you understand what your feedback means completely. If you are in doubt, talk to your tutor.

Compare and share: once your work has been marked, talk about your feedback with other students and learn from each other.

Read, review and summarise: keep feedback close at hand and review it before you submit your next piece of work – is there anything you can use for your next assignment?

Use the feedback: if you’re going to improve, you need to consider how the advice and comments you’ve been given link to what you are doing next.

Identify your strengths and weaknesses: look out for recurring themes across your work, then plan what support you need to turn any weaknesses into strengths.

Ask for feedback about feedback: If you feel you need more support, arrange a meeting and speak directly to your lecturers, tutors and fellow students. Make sure you get the most from your feedback. Your course rep can help you with this too!

There are many different types of feedback given at university, not just the mark and written comments you receive on an assessed piece of work. On a day-to-day basis, your tutors will be integrating feedback into your learning activities, from verbal comments in lectures to discussions in class, group emails, and guidance and model answers on MyBeckett. Make use of all this feedback and improve your grades!

Use our Feedback Action Plan Worksheet to help make the most of feedback you have received.

For more information, look at our Building on Feedback page.