In order to continually improve during the course of your degree, you will need to make good use of the feedback you receive. In the past, students were mostly kept in the dark about their progress; things such as marking criteria were almost deliberately shrouded in mystery. In recent years, however, a new openness about student learning and development has brought an end to this era. As a student, you are now encouraged to seek and use as much feedback as possible, for it is acknowledged to be one of the main formative elements in learning.
This section is dedicated to improving your use of feedback, starting with a general introduction, understanding feedback, which includes tasks and also covers the area of self-evaluation. Next, giving feedback offers advice on how to improve the feedback you give to others, whilst receiving feedback offers advice on how to improve the way you use the feedback you receive from lecturers and peers.
Finally, the section student case studies features some student essays on the importance of feedback that won prizes during a competition held by the Learning and Teaching Unit in July 2006; both undergraduate and postgraduate essays feature.