Feedback should be provided on every item of assessment.

Feedback should:

  • Be timely – feedback lets students know how they are going – what they are doing well, and in which areas to improve
  • Be constructive – identify strengths and weaknesses, and state how work can be improved
  • Be balanced - provide both positive remarks and critical comments. It’s always good to begin and end with a positive comment
  • Be varied – it could include discussion as a group, written comments on work, model answers, lists of common mistakes, peer and self-evaluation, as well as individual comment
  • Be self explanatory – use terms that students will understand and don’t use symbols without explaining what these mean.

    Use “cover sheets” for marking work and giving feedback. This provides consistency in the way you structure and provide feedback to individual students.