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Oral feedback

The type and style of feedback you receive at university will depend on the course you are studying. During teaching sessions tutors may give you oral feedback. On some modules you will have lots of contact hours and opportunities for oral feedback. On other modules there will be fewer teaching sessions and you will be expected to ask tutors If you feel you require additional feedback

Here are some ways to make the most of the opportunities you get for some oral feedback:

Participate. Make sure you contribute in seminars and, if appropriate, ask questions in lectures. It can seem daunting at first to speak in seminars or lectures, but these are your opportunities to get feedback on your ideas about a topic. Your tutor will only be able to give you feedback on how you can improve, if you demonstrate what you already understand.

Be proactive. It is important to remember that whatever course you are studying, your tutor will have office hours when they will be available to discuss your progress. Find out how you can make an appointment if you feel you need more feedback.

Make the most of your Academic Advisor meetings. When you begin university you will be assigned an Academic Advisor, who will be able to offer you guidance and discuss your academic performance throughout your degree. You may find it helpful to talk about specific pieces of your written work and the feedback you have received with your Academic Advisor. If so, it might be useful to send the work to them before you meet.

Know when to expect feedback and listen carefully. Often you will receive oral feedback immediately after giving a presentation or during discussions. It can be easy if you're nervous about a presentation to be so relieved when it's over that you lose concentration and miss valuable feedback. In this situation, it's a good idea to make some quick notes of what people say so you can re-read them later - or ask permission to record their comments, if that's easier.

Sebastian

Third year Physics with Management

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There are lots of ways of getting feedback from your assessed work. There is Sussex Direct which shows you all your marks. And in my department the guidelines are about five working days. University wide it's about fifteen working days. On top of that you then obviously collect your essay or your problem sheet from your department office and you get a lot of feedback on there. If the lecturer does see a general problem with your understanding of a topic he will direct you to the right book or he will ask you to come and see him for more guidance and more help. I mean if you do feel that you need more feedback then it's always important to ask because lecturers are more than happy to help you but they don't know unless you ask - so it's very important to just drop them an email and they will find some time to give you all the feedback you need.

Milan

Second year history and film studies

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Examples of feedback that I get at the moment are obviously the feedback I get from an essay, from the coversheets that we all have to fill out before handing in the essay, they usually provide some very good points. There are comments for your strengths and for weaknesses and it's always the weaknesses I tend to focus on so that I can use that as areas for improvement . So the cover sheets provide essential feedback. However, my best port of call for feedback is having a one- to-one with a tutor.

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