Benefits of Getting Feedback on College Assignments
Always take advantage when a lecturer offers to give you feedback on an assignment. Getting feedback helps you understand why your grade was not the one you expected.
Some lecturers enjoy giving feedback and advise students to take the opportunity to get it. Others can be unapproachable, reluctant and dismissive when asked especially if it's not something they normally do.
Receiving feedback on an assignment gives you an idea on what issues you need to address for future assignments so you don't make those same errors again.
Areas Covered in Feedback
In college, you need to ensure your grammar grammar is perfect for each assignment.
Many lecturers will mark down your grade if your grammar is bad or you've made silly mistakes.
Some of the areas that will be addressed in feedback will be:
- Font style
- Graphics (if relevant)
- Reading style
- Quality and quantity of content
Why Getting Feedback is Important
There are two reasons why you go to your lecturer for feedback.
- Firstly to find out why you got the grade you did. This is particularly important if the grade you got is lower than you expected.
- Secondly it allows you to get answers directly from the lecturer as to why areas were marked up or down.
If you do group assignments in college, then you really should follow up with getting feedback. Group work can be challenging especially if you have members who don't pull their weight.
Did you ever get feedback from lecturers in college?
Reasons Group Work Gets a Low Grade
- Incorrect referencing of sources used
- Silly grammar mistakes throughout the assignment
- Inaccurate interpretation of the question
- Insufficient answers supplied in relation to the questions asked
- Work does not flow correctly due to incohesiveness
- Editing not done correctly
If you are meeting with your lecturer to get feedback especially in the case of a low grade there are a few things you need to know.
- Do not be confrontational
- Be respectful when they explain their reasoning behind your low grade
- Listen to what they say
- Politely ask them to clarify more on any points they mention
- Be thankful for the feedback even if you disagree with everything they say
It's important to not show disrespect towards a lecturer because they will be marking future assignments and your year end paper.
For the next number of years you are in college you do not want to have a reputation of being a troublemaker.
Dealing with Negative Feedback
If you are unhappy with the grade you have received, then you need to approach your college lecturer to find out why you got this mark.
If you're not happy with the feedback you have received from the lecturer, then you will need to approach your department head to see if you can get any further advice.
Many times, assignments are independently assessed by an external examiner after the final exams.
It's important to realize that they are avenues you can pursue if you think you were wrongly assessed.
But always be cautious when doing this and be sure to have a very good reason behind your decision to progress with this problem.
Do you think getting feedback will have a significant improvement on your college work?
Preparation Prior to Getting Feedback
- Set up an appointment with your college lecturer to view your assignment.
- This will allow them time to prepare for the meeting and have your assignment ready.
- If you both have a tight schedule, and the lecturer can't meet you for a day or two, you need to be patient and accept this time frame.
- Before your meeting with your lecturer, reread your work so your know what was in assignment so you know what areas the lecturer is addressing in the meeting.
Preparing for the Meeting
Take a notebook with you to the meeting if you feel that you won't remember the feedback given during the meeting.
Be prepared to ask the lecturer to clarify further on any points mentioned if you are unclear about what they are talking about.
Prepare questions if you have some.
Listen to what they say. You might be able to use any advice that they give in the meeting in future assignments.
Why is Feedback Useful
It is an opportunity you are given that allows you to get answers in regards to your grade result. This is important if you are unhappy with your mark.
Most lecturers will have marked your course assignment and made notes in the margins on issues they would like to address with you. They will take you through it page by page and highlight any issues you need to be aware of. They will show you the areas where you did well and the areas where you fell down.
- The content of the assignment will be graded to see if you have addressed the issues the assignment is about.
- The layout of the assignment and the flow of the content will also be addressed. This is important in group work as quite often when group work is being edited, it is not done correctly.
It helps clarify if you have addressed all the issues that you were expected to in the assignment. Sometimes you will find that you have overlooked some areas that should have been included in the assignment.
Further Reading Material
If you are in college and you are finding the course work hard, then you might find this hub useful. It gives tips and advice on how to read, take notes and get a better understanding of the college textbooks you are expected to read for your course.
Don't let Negative Feedback Impact you
- While feedback can highlight negative as well as positive aspects of your work, don't let the feedback that you receive from your lecturer impact you to much.
- It's important that you acknowledge what it is that they are saying, and try to understand what it is that you need to improve upon.
- Hearing negative feedback about your assignments can be very frustrating and you might even think that the lecturer doesn't even know what they are talking about.
- Acknowledge what they say, accept the criticism and then move on from this.
- Take the advice that they give you on board and use it in future assignments to impress the hell out of them.
College is all about learning and expanding your knowledge. To do that you need to learn to listen, read your assignment questions correctly and understand what it is that they are asking you to answer.
It is vital that you always ask questions if you are unsure about something. Feedback is just another tool you can use to help further your goal of improving your knowledge.
© 2014 Sp Greaney