Educating Students: 7 Ways Feedback Improves Writing

Feedback is valuable information that helps improve writing skills. Instructors spend a lot of time providing feedback to students, but do students know why feedback is important and how to apply that feedback?

Share these tips with students to help them get the most out of feedback and start seeing the impact on their writing. Use together with the online Feedback Quiz to optimize improvement.

7 Ways Feedback Improves Writing

  1. Feedback Connects to Your Goals
    Feedback lets you know how much progress you’ve made toward your writing goals and what else you need to do to meet them.
  2. Feedback Can Be More Important Than Your Score
    Scores and grades only measure performance -- they don’t tell you HOW to get better. When you get your papers back, read all the comments and use them to revise your work.
  3. Feedback Helps You Ask the Right Questions
    You might not always understand the comments you get. You may even disagree with them, and sometimes you may have trouble knowing how to apply them. That's okay -- it's part of the learning process. Ask your instructor for more clarification and advice. They'll help you!
  4. Feedback Lets You Determine What’s Most Important
    You should read through all of your feedback. However, during revision, focus on the comments that will make your ideas more clear and help readers understand, then work your way down.
  5. Feedback Aids in Revision and Practice
    You must apply your feedback for you to improve your skills; otherwise, it’s just words on paper. Use your comments to revise and practice your writing.
  6. Feedback Helps You Take Ownership of Your Writing
    Comments offer guidance -- but only you can put them to work in your writing. Find your voice as a writer!
  7. Feedback Gets You on the Same Page as Your Instructor
    Your instructor’s comments are there to help you, not criticize. Your feedback is part of a conversation through which your instructor is trying to support you and your writing development. Remember, instructors spend a lot time giving you comments, and they are your advocate!

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