Everyone will tell you it is important to engage with feedback. But are there factors preventing us from doing that? And what can we do to overcome such barriers?
Have you ever felt defensive after a negative comment? Have you ever put off looking at your feedback due to fear of criticism? Have you ever responded angrily to an imaginary reviewer? If so, you are not alone. We tend to identify with the work we produce, so it is difficult to avoid taking criticism personally.
However, these negative emotions can become barriers to useful advice! It is, therefore, important to recognise and address them.
Top tips for embracing feedback:
Check also this blog post from the Life Tools series for more strategies on engaging with feedback:
And this Study Advice video talks about defeating the feedback monster:
If you are unable to view this video on YouTube it is also available on YuJa - view the Making the most of your feedback video on YuJa (University username and password required)
Sometimes, there may be practical barriers to engaging with feedback linked to accessing and keeping track of it.
As feedback may come in different formats, a key thing to make sure is that you know to anticipate the method of feedback communication for each assessment. If in doubt, ask your module convenor!
Check out the resources below on how to access your feedback online (including how to download your marked submissions):
Beyond the online written feedback, what other types of feedback have you received? Anything in audio format, or shared verbally during class or in a meeting? Did you keep notes of it?
Keeping track of your feedback will allow you to return to it with fresh eyes and look at it in a holistic way as you reflect on your learning.