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Why it's important to get feedback on an assignment from your university lecturer

Updated on January 12, 2018
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Studying for a business degree gave her a better understanding of college protocols as well as study techniques.

No matter whether it's your first year in university or your last year in university, it's still important that you take advantage of getting feedback.

While some university lecturers are open and enthusiastic about giving feedback to college students, others can be useless at the process. It's important to take advantage of any lecturer that gives you the opportunity to get feedback.

Getting feedback allows you to see where it is you are going wrong in assignments.

You can then bring in feedback advice to other assignments further on down the road. It also stops you making the same errors later on in other assignments.

Feedback on Assignment

When you get feedback from a college professor many of the things they will comment on will be:

  • Grammar
  • Layout
  • Font Style
  • Graphics (If relevant)
  • How it reads
  • Referencing
  • Content

Reasons for getting feedback

When you go to your lecturer for feedback, it's important that you know why it is you're going.

  • You might decide to get feedback on an assignment because you got a lower grade in an essay compared to another student. After reading their essay, you feel that your was better.
  • Another reason behind your decision to get feedback might relate to group work. Getting feedback on group projects will give you a better understanding on how to work better in groups for other assignments.

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Reasons Group Work Gets a Low Grade

  • Incorrect referencing by group members, inaccurate interpretation and answering of questions, and in-cohesive work will often cause a lower grade in group work.
  • The student that was given the task of editing the overall project might not have done the job as correctly as thought they did.

Feedback Etiquette

When you approach your university lecturer for feedback, don't have an attitude and be confrontational with them.

It's important to treat them with respect as you do not want to isolate yourself from them.

If you are respectful and polite, then there is a better chance of building a resourceful relationship with them.

They will never be your best friend, but having them in your corner is a good thing.

Dealing with negative feedback

If you are upset about a certain grade, then approach your university lecturer about it and find out why you got such a low grade.

Once they explain the reason behind your grade being significantly lower than what you expected, you will either be satisfy with this answer or not.

If you're still not happy with the feedback you receive from them, then approach your course head or department head to see if you can get any further advice.

Also it's important to realise that many times, your assignments can also be assessed by an external examiner later on in the year at the same time that exams will be independently accessed.

It's important to realise 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.

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Organising feedback in University

If you want to get feedback on your assignment it's important that you set up an appointment with your university lecturer in advance.

While there may not be a procedure in place for getting feedback, giving them advance notice means that they can have your work ready for viewing when you arrive to the meeting. This is important if you have a tight schedule and are under a time constraints or have classes to attend.

When you approach a lecturer for feedback, try to be accommodating. You will often find that it might be hard to get a time that suits you both, so do be patient and don't get aggravated

Sometimes it might not be a bad idea to re-read your work in advance of your feedback meeting. This means you'll have your assignment fresh in your mind and you can relate back to what the lecturer is saying.

What you need to do in your Meeting

  1. If you feel that you won't remember everything that is said during the meeting regarding feedback on your assignment, then take a notebook with you.

  2. If you are unclear about what it is they are saying, then ask your lecturer to repeat it.

  3. Don't be afraid to ask them questions.

  4. Be willing to listen and take constructive criticism.

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.

Read and Understand your University Textbook.

Why is feedback on University assignments useful

  • Getting feedback in university is important. If you feel that your grades are always lower than you expected, then this is your opportunity to take advantage of finding out why.

  • The university lecturer will look at your assignment and take you through it. They will start at the very beginning of it and work through it all until the very end. They will show you exactly where it is that you did well and also where it was you did badly.

  • They will also comment on the content of the assignment, the layout of the assignment and the flow of the content. This is important for group work as quite often when work is being edited, it is not done correctly.

  • It's important to find out whether the answer you gave to a question asked was correct or incorrect. Sometimes you will find that an answer you gave in your assignment was incorrect. You might also find out that the answer you gave was not sufficiently answered. This means that in the future, you need to understand the question first before you answer it.

  • While you might be expecting lots of negative feedback, you might be surprised to find that they will give positive feedback where it is due.

University is all about learning and expanding your knowledge. To do that you need to listen to what is being said, read what you are being asked to answer and understand what it is they are telling you.

It's vital that you always ask questions if you are unsure about what it is that is expected from you. Feedback is just another tool you can use in college to help further your goal of improving your knowledge.

Don't let negative feedback affect your future work

While it's important to get feedback don't let the information that you receive from your lecturer upset you to much. It's important that you acknowledge what it is they are saying, and try to understand where it is you are going wrong.

Everybody would feel the same way if we heard negative things about assignments that took hours to completed. It can be very frustrating to hear what the lecturer says and you might even think that they don't know what he/she is talking about.

But acknowledge this, accept the criticism and then move on. Take the advise that they give you on board and put it to good use in future assignments and impress the hell out of them with your next assignment.

© 2014 Sp Greaney


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    • sangre profile image

      Sp Greaney 4 years ago from Ireland

      @ Adityapullagurla I got it for some of mine, and I found it really useful. You'd be surprised what you find out from it.

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      Aditya Pullagurla 4 years ago from Sydney

      Amazing hub, I always waited to get my feedback for my assignments