Giving effective feedback

When practitioners develop sound professional relationships with learners based on mutual respect, feedback is a two-way process that supports progress in learning for the learners and understanding about where the learners are on the learning continuum for the practitioners.​

Tips for giving effective feedback to learners

  • ​Explain to the learners that you are focusing on helping them to understand assessment of their learning
  • Encourage learners to ask questions about their feedback
  • Make a regular time to discuss feedback with learners on an individual or small group basis
  • Advise learners that they will have an opportunity to ask questions about their assessment
  • Encourage them to note down their questions​
  • Try to give feedback as close to the learning and assessment task as possible
  • Be specific and explicit about feedback, providing examples where possible
  • Establish that the student understands what is being discussed
  • Ask the student what they think they need to improve on
  • Offer your advice about future steps for improvement
  • Invite conversations by asking learners to discuss the work with you and/or with their peers​