Using Your Feedback

What is feedback?

Feedback is more than just the grade you receive on a piece of work; it is the comments, advice and constructive criticisms that guide you to develop and improve your work further. Feedback for Learning defines feedback as:

“a process in which learners make sense of information about their performance and use it to enhance the quality of their work or learning strategies.”

This means that feedback is a process for continuous learning, rather than an end of learning. As an Accounting student, you are responsible for ensuring you actively participate and move through this process yourself to benefit as much as possible from the feedback you are given.

It is important to recognise feedback is an active learning opportunity, in the same way as tutorials, lectures or any other interaction you have with your tutors. If you did not engage with discussions during a seminar you would get less out of the experience. Feedback works in the same way — for feedback to be effective, you must actively use it.

Receiving Feedback

The videos in this section will help you become familiar with the type of feedback you may receive from your lecturers. It shows feedback being given to two different students, Jia Xuen and Nandana, on their first-year BMAN10760 assignment.

Please note: these videos are used to show the process of engaging with your feedback, the amount of meetings and formative feedback you are able to request from lecturers may differ.

While watching these videos and the interactions between the students and lecturer make a list of the things you will try to incorporate into your own feedback practices. This may include:

  • what the student responses to and makes notes of;
  • The type of questions they ask the lecturer.

You will also hear some really useful advice from the lecturer, make note of anything you think you be helpful for your own work.

Although the videos here show feedback being given verbally and through a discussion, the same processes and emphasise on you acting on feedback are followed when you receive written feedback on an assignment

[embed Jia Xuen video] (transcript)

[embed Nandana video 1] (Transcript)

[embed Nandana video 2] (Transcript)

Acting on your feedback

After receiving feedback it is important to take some time to carefully read what your lecturer has said, (try not to be tempted to only pay attention to the grade!) and create a plan of action for yourself.
Three important steps in actively using your feedback are:
1) Identify areas for further development suggested by the marker
2) Prioritise which areas are most important for your next assignment
3) Create an action plan to help you develop those aspects of your work

You may not always be able to fully address every issue raised in feedback in time for your next assignment (this is perfectly fine!). Therefore, you should think about what you can do in the short, medium and long-term. Categorising your priorities in this way will help you decide what actions you will need to take.

Practice Activity

Take a look at the latest piece of feedback you received on your work, and compare this to an upcoming assignment by looking at the assignment brief or marking criteria. What area of your work do you need to develop?

Creating your action plan

You can use this tool to help create your action plan. It will ask you seven questions to help decide how you will act upon your feedback:
1) What feedback did you receive for this assignment?
2) What did the marking criteria ask for?
3) What did you do well?
4) What do you need to improve?
5) What targets will you set yourself?
6) What actions will you take to reach your targets?
7) How will you know you have achieved your targets?

[embed Action Organiser tool] (can be found here)

[embed Help and Support from BB]

[embed Feedback on resource from BB]




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