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How can you make sure that feedback is useful? Assessment is not a means in itself but should help students to learn from mistakes.
Feedback helps students to:
- Understand the marks they have been given.
- Know where/what to improve for future assessments.
- Understand their progress against learning outcomes.
- Identify strengths and weaknesses.
- Improve their understanding of subject material and build upon their learning.
- Develop assessment literacy skills.
- Make choices regarding study pathways.
- Become self-reflective practitioners and lifelong learners.
- Feedback is always formative, even when given on summative assessments.
What you can do
- Review an example of your feedback using the bullet points above. Does your feedback fulfil these points?
- Ask your students if the feedback they are given aligns with the bullet points above.