Getting Feedback


You’ve received a poor mark for a written assignment and the feedback is crushing. So, what are you going to do? Lock yourself away? Ignore it? Tempting, perhaps, but not the answer. Getting feedback is an essential part of university life and learning how to deal with it is crucial. It’s obviously good to receive positive feedback, but we learn a lot more from constructive criticism. It’s tempting to push negative comments to one side, but being proactive and working with your feedback, and not against it, can get you moving in the right direction. This is known as ‘feeding forward.’ It’s also important to reflect on positive feedback. You may have received a top grade, but being aware of the mechanics of writing, such as structure and style, is crucial to achieving consistency.   

Read the following information in this section carefully and complete the short quiz at the end to test your knowledge.

You can then either check your understanding of the contents of the whole course by reviewing the quizzes or claim your certificate of completion.

The following topics are presented in this section:

  1. Types of feedback 
  2. Receiving feedback 
  3. Interpreting feedback 

Learning outcomes:


After you complete this section you will be able to:

  • define the difference between formative and summative 
  • identify how written feedback is provided at university
  • identify some of the most consistent comments from markers and interpret what they mean


Now move to the page Understanding Feedback

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