Making the most of feedback
Receiving feedback can be one of the most useful ways to improve your work, but sometimes it can be hard to hear when you've invested so much time into your work. Here are some of our top tips on making the most of your feedback.
Hearing or reading how you need to improve a piece of work, no matter how constructive the criticism, can be difficult. Especially if it's a project you've invested a lot of time into. But receiving feedback can be one of the most valuable tools during your time at University, the most important thing is not to take anything personally. Take a step back and really take some time to reflect on what your feedback is saying.
Make sure you know what is being said.
The feedback note you need to clarify can be the bane of editing, but don't gloss over the comment, spend some time thinking about exactly what was meant. Just because you as the writer understand your point doesn't mean that an outside reader will.
Try explaining the point you're trying to make in your work to another person, identifying what you need to explain in person to make sense can then be applied to your writing. Just because you have the necessary knowledge doesn't mean the reader does.
Be confident about what you want to know.
If you want feedback on a certain part of your work that hasn’t been addressed - ask! This can be in person, or via email. Be prepared to ask for more feedback or clarification about what has been said, if it helps write down some questions beforehand so that you’re ready.
Turn feedback into bullet points
It’ll make it into a to-do list, which will make the process easier to follow and make sure you understand what your lecturer is trying to tell you. It can also help you identify where you may need specific support with your writing. Don't forget the Academic Skills resources and workshops which are designed to help with academic writing and project support.
Some points will need more work than others
Sometimes trying to edit your work without breaking down your feedback can make things more difficult than being helpful. Look over your feedback and digest what you're being told - how will this effect your work? Turning it into a to-do list will make editing far more manageable and will let you assess how much time you need to spend on each point.
Don’t ignore it!
If you really don’t agree with something, think about why your tutor may have made that comment - have they misunderstood your point, or is it something you’ve not thought about? If you’re struggling to see their point, go and talk to them.
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