Making the Most of Feedback
Notice: Feedback is a ‘consequence’ of performance; moreover, what you do with your feedback and how to use it in an effective way, is what makes feedback a good feedback!
One of the best ways to learn is by hearing others’ reflections on our own understandings. And since feedback is simply any kind of response to the work you do you get feedback all the time in many different forms.
You’ll notice that many of these instances of feedback occur regularly in your day-to-day studies, and it’s important to recognise that formal feedback on assessment is just one particularly important and focused instance of this more general learning process.
Formalised feedback is a communication you can potentially learn from, just like all the others, but it is like any genuine communication: it requires a response. You wouldn’t expect to learn from a lecture if you didn’t think about its contents. So you will only make the most of feedback by working to turn it into ideas for future action. You can reflect on what the feedback you receive tells you about what you have learned, whether you’ve learned the right things in the right way, and how you could better have gone about this learning.
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