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Feedback on Formative Work

CAS takes feedback on both formative and summative work very seriously.

All students will receive written feedback on their formative work within twenty working days. In addition, all students will be given appointments to attend a 15 minute one-to-one tutorial to support the written feedback. This system is designed to help students understand how to improve their written work.

Dr Sarah Richardson devised 10 points to help students get more from their written and oral feedback. They have now been adopted by the Students Union:

Our Top 10 Feedback Tips

  1. Be confident! Go and see your tutor for feedback! Find out about your tutors’ availability and how they prefer to be contacted.
  2. Prepare a few questions you want to ask before seeing your tutor. Perhaps email them to your tutor in advance.
  3. Think about what you want feedback on e.g. structure, analysis, referencing? Be specific.
  4. Discuss your assignments with other students (this is not ‘copying’).
  5. Learn how to give constructive, tactful and positive feedback to other students.
  6. Ask for constructive assignment feedback comments from other students.
  7. Think about when, where and how you can get feedback – verbal, written, email, audio; from seminars, labs, before/after a lecture, and from other students.
  8. Be organised – if you want feedback for your next assignment (from tutors or students) – don’t leave it until the last minute.
  9. Use exemplars of assignments and discuss with other students – this will help you understand what is being required.
  10. Get advice on how to improve for your next assignment – ‘feed-forward’.

Feedback on Summative Work

Feedback on summative work (for all years) is returned in the summer term via Tabula, the coursework management system. Students will receive an email when the feedback is ready to be downloaded.

The feedback will provide students with some sense of what the examiners regarded as the strengths and the weaknesses of essays and dissertations. It will also often offer some distilled advice in the form of several highlighted 'Ways to Improve'. Students will also receive feedback on examination performance via the Tabula system. Again, the emphasis will be on strengths and weaknesses, and on 'Ways to Improve'. All staff will continue to have office hours during the summer term and students are encouraged to contact them to discuss the feedback on their assessed work (essays, dissertations and examinations). Tutors are not able to give out marks before the examination boards.

The electronic feedback will not yet include marks, since these cannot be released until the exam boards have met. Following the examination boards, marks will be available via student accounts on the Start.Warwick system. First and final year students are able to receive a breakdown of marks from tutors in the Department, who will have office hours in Week 10 of the summer term. Second year students may email their personal tutors for their marks after the exam boards in week 11. Alternatively the marks will be published on Start.Warwick by the end of week 12. Year abroad students will receive their feedback and marks midway through the autumn term.