In 4th year, you will receive a lot of feedback from professors, TAs, and peers, and you will also be asked to give feedback. Feedback is a very important part of learning. Always remember to read the feedback you receive apply it to your future assignments to improve the level of your writing. Being able to understand, having the capability, and having the dispositions needed to make sense of information and use it to enhance work or learning is known as feedback literacy. Throughout the year, we will try to build up your feedback literacy. The skills you learn in this course will help you succeed in the rest of your University career and in your future work endeavors.
Feedback Comes in Many Different Flavours
This is what probably comes to mind when you think of feedback. Formal feedback is the feedback that you receive back from professors or TAs after submitting an assignment.
When you go to your professor's office hours and you discuss an assignment with them, this is considered to be informal feedback.
Any time you ask a peer to look over your work and you theirs, you are both receiving and giving feedback. Not only is the feedback that you receive important, but providing feedback for a peer can be a better learning opportunity because it requires you to apply critical thinking skills to determine whether the work meets the guidelines.
Students are asked to provide feedback around halfway through the course and towards the end of a course. Please, please, please, take the time to complete these! These evaluations are very important for shaping the course for future students, as we take your feedback seriously when considering making changes to the course!
How Do I Make the Most of Feedback?
Review the Expectations & Rubric of Your Assignment
Compare the feedback you were given with these expectations to try and figure out where you need to improve
This also is important when engaging in peer evaluations
Peer evaluations require you to critically analyze another person's work and compare it to the expectations of the assignment
Reading over a peer's work also helps to serve as a comparison for your own work, allowing you to see where you can improve, and if there is anything missing from your work
Approach Feedback with an Open Mind
If you get an assignment back with a mark that you aren't too satisfied with, make sure you don't let any negative emotions associated with your mark affect the way you receive feedback
Take some time to let any emotions settle before reviewing feedback from an assignment—you will make much more use of the feedback this way
Use the Checklists to Guide You!
This year, we have made a checklist for each assignment that breaks down all the expectations
Before submitting an assignment, thoroughly go through the checklist to make sure your assignment meets all the expectations
Once you receive feedback from a given assignment, use the feedback to identify areas where you need to improve and use the checklist to help you understand where you might have gone wrong
If you don't understand a guideline/expectation, don't be afraid to ask! We want you to succeed in this course, and you can't do that if the assignment expectations aren't clear to you
Once you get your feedback, first you want to go through it to see where you need to improve. Compare the feedback to the checklist to see why you may have lost marks. If you still don't understand why you lost marks, or are curious how you can improve next time, talk to your professor/TA!