Maximizing Instructor Feedback
Instructor feedback is perhaps one of the most useful ways to develop and improve your skills during your time in college. It acts as a stepping stone. With each successful mastery of a lacking skill, you gain the skills and knowledge you will need to be a master of your skills. As you read through your feedback, search for key terms and clues to help guide you in determining the best path to achieve success.
Below you’ll be able to follow along with some examples of instructor feedback along with ways to develop corrective behaviors to develop and improve your skills:
Example #1 – “You will need to conduct research to be able to construct high quality assignments.”
In this feedback example, the student has failed to provide enough quality research to support the assignment. College has many differences from the academic expectations one can expect in high school. Instructors are looking for students who go beyond just the materials they are provided and look for the answers on their own intuition. Look at assignments as a way to show your skills of creative development through thorough research and develop strong study and research habits to increase the quality of your work. It is very doubtful to have an instructor who will penalize you for going the extra mile by researching the subject.
Example #2 – “Focus on turning in assignments which reflect your best efforts.”
In this example, the instructor is pointing out the the student’s poor effort at completing an assignment. For an instructor, it can be extremely frustrating to have a student who continues to turn in poorly created assignments. If you find yourself receiving this sort of feedback, take it as a compliment! Your instructor is telling you how brilliant you are and he/she wants to see more of your brilliance reflecting into your assignment. When working on an assignment, leave yourself plenty of time to not only create the assignment, but to also have time afterwards to proofread and make revisions. Most mistakes can be easily be avoided and corrected in the proofreading stage.
Example #3 – “Are there other ways to think through the problem?”
Quality critical thinking is the ability to research a topic, be able to argue both sides of the topic by leaving your personal views out of the issue. If you receive this feedback from your instructor, you simply need to start putting your critical thinking skills to use.
Here are some steps to get you started:
– Identify the purpose of your assignment. – Examine your bias. – Apply reasoning. – Look to the future.
Treat critical thinking as a habit you want to learn. By learning to use critical thinking in everyday tasks, you’ll find yourself instinctively using it in class assignments.
Example #4 – “When you reflect on your position paper, think about how you argue the other side.”
This an important eliminate in developing a well-supported and persuasive paper. Think about a time when you read information about a topic, only to know key information had been omitted. How did this affect the trust you had in the rest of the information the offer presented? In developing persuasive pieces for school, remember to present both sides of the story. Allow your readers (and your instructor) to evaluate the information independently to determine their feelings. If your information is solid, you will avoid the use of bias in your work.
Example #5 – “How are you separating yourself from the rest of the class as a leader?”
Is there one student in your class who appears to be super attentive, participates actively and has the respect of your instructor? Why isn’t that person you? Becoming a leader is easy when you consistently do the very best that you can. Your diligent efforts will not only earn you the respect of your instructor, but also the respect of your classmates.
No matter the type of feedback you receive, there are ways to turn them into positive thoughts for the future. Take the advice that you are give, analyze it and put it into effect for all of your future efforts. However, if you still find it difficult to understand your instructor’s feedback, don’t be afraid to ask for help!