How to Use Assessment Feedback Constructively

Sometimes it’s nice to know why we got the result we did in an assessment, what we did right and what we did wrong. Aside from the mark that is on the assessment when handed back to us, the real purpose of assessment feedback is to help us improve in the future.

If you feel like your feedback doesn’t help you do that, always ask your lecturer for some extra feedback. How do you use your feedback to score higher in future assessments? Read on!

  • Pre-Submission Feedback: Always ask or email your lecturer for words of advice or feedback before you submit your assessment. You can always send them a dot point summary of the approach you are taking and sometimes you can get some very helpful feedback on specific parts of the assessment prior to submission.
  • Referencing: These are the easiest marks to score and yet often the one I fall down in the most. Charles Sturt University provides an APA Tool that can help with your in-text referencing and reference lists. It’s a fantastic resource.
  • Academic Skills Team Feedback: Similar to the pre-submission feedback you can get from your lecturer, Academic Skills is a team of experts which will proofread your assessment for you and send back a detailed report of how you can improve it.
  • Edits: If you do get the pre-submission feedback or Academic Skills report, make sure you alter your assessment following the feedback right away so you don’t forget.
  • A Record of Feedback: Keeping track of your feedback is useful for looking back on in the future. You can track your progress and see which areas you are improving on and which you are struggling with. 
  • Check Record: Before you submit a future assessment, always look back at past feedback and apply any relevant changes to your current work.
  • Ask: If you are at a complete loss of how to use your feedback to help with future assessments, just ask your lecturer.