You will receive formative feedback throughout your course, this is entirely developmental and it does not come with a specified mark as a summative assignment would. You can also benefit from receiving formative feedback throughout your course in lots of places. Below are some of the opportunities you may come across.
- You may take part in a discussion or discussion board within your class. Although this isn’t a marked piece of work, everyone would be expected to chip in and respond to each other. This means that you are all learning together. In this scenario, you might receive feedback from both peers and your tutor. It is common to receive informal feedback throughout your course in this way.
- At the start of your university journey tutors may set a formative assignment. You would be expected to submit to a deadline but receive advice and guidance only. There would be no expectation of giving you a mark. This is to encourage you to develop your university skills and is to help you prepare for marked summative work. Academic tutors may offer to read excerpts of your work within any module, proactive students make good use of this avenue of support.
- When working on an individual assignment, you might share this with a ‘critical friend’ this just means someone who can read though it and offer suggestions for improvements. A family member might offer to proofread for spelling, punctuation and grammar. This would be useful feedback and improve the flow of your essay.
- If you are a student working on a dissertation or research project you might be allocated a supervisor from your academic team. This named individual is the specialist within the team on your chosen topic and a useful ally. Be sure to contact them and book a meeting early in your work to consider the help and support they might give. As you progress though your project, send them samples of your work and seek their support though feedback.
- You may access support from the Skills@Cumbria team by booking an appointment or requesting feedback via email. This is aimed to help you develop your academic skills and does not offer feedback on subject knowledge. You can read more about that on our further support and appointments page. Our most proactive students seek help when they are tacking a new type of assignment. Or if they have specific feedback that they need to respond to.
- Finally, if you are a student with a disability and SpLD e.g. dyslexia you may be offered additional support from a dedicated team. If you think this may be relevant to you explore the range of support available. Feedback from this team will be tailored individually to you and your needs.