Five reasons to make feedback your friend

So, you’ve submitted your 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 online 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!

Ashleigh Truscott (

I am a CQUni alumnus, who graduated back in 2010. Straight after graduating, I took a job in media, and later returned to CQUni working full-time as Student Communications Assistant. I remember all too well the panic fuelled ‘all-nighters’, getting lost on campus, confusion over systems, and the general feeling of being unsure. I'm excited to share my experiences and provide some insights into university life.

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