So, you’ve submitted your first assignments, and you’re anxiously awaiting your results. While there’s a huge sense of relief when you find out that you have passed and your hard work has paid off for you, it’s important to take the time to carefully read the marker’s feedback. Feedback can be a powerful tool that you can use to further your skills as a student and minimise stress moving forward.
Here’s five reasons to make feedback your friend, courtesy of the Academic Learning Centre (ALC)…
#1. Feedback is given to help you to improve
It isn’t designed to make you feel bad, but rather it is an evaluation of your work. It will show you ways to improve for next time.
#2. Understand any consistent errors or oversights
Small errors can make a big difference to your overall grade, so look for patterns in the feedback to understand the improvements you need to make.
#3. Markers may pick up that you aren’t using credible or academic sources
Take this as a cue that you may need to improve your research skills. Check out the CQUni Library page for some great resources and book in for an ‘Ask a Librarian’ session.
#4. Improve your grades with correct formatting
You may receive feedback regarding the structure or formatting of your assignment, again this can significantly affect your grade. Coming along to an on-campus or ZOOM ALC workshop can help you to overcome these issues and improve your results!
#5. Get feedback before you hit submit
You don’t need to wait until your assignment is marked, don’t forget that you can upload your assignments online to the ALC to have an advisor give you feedback to improve your writing and referencing before it’s submitted!