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Verbal feedback

The type and style of feedback you receive will depend on your course. During teaching sessions, tutors may give you verbal feedback.

Make the most of opportunities for verbal feedback:

Participate. Try to contribute in seminars and, when appropriate, ask questions in lectures. It can seem daunting at first to speak out, but these are your opportunities to to express your ideas and get feedback. Your tutor can only do this if you participate.

Be proactive. Your tutor has office hours when they are available to discuss your progress. Find out how to make an appointment.

Make the most of your Academic Advisor. Your Academic Advisor can offer you guidance and discuss your academic performance throughout your degree. You may find it helpful to talk about specific pieces of work and the feedback you have received with your Academic Advisor. It might be useful to send the work to them before you meet.

Listen carefully to feedback. Often you will receive verbal feedback immediately after giving a presentation or during discussions. If you're nervous about a presentation, you may be so relieved when it's over that you lose concentration and miss valuable feedback. 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.


Third-year Physics with Management

View Sebastian's student perspective


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.



Second-year History and Film Studies

View Milan's student perspective


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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