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Assessment: Feedback

Feedback on Formative Work

The Department of History 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 the opportunity to attend a one-to-one tutorial to support the written feedback if they wish. This system is designed to help students understand how to improve their written work. Feedback will be released by year of study after all the examination boards have taken place.

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, after the exam boards. 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.

Following the examination boards, all feedback and marks will be available via Tabula. We will be providing all students with a breakdown of their marks electronically as soon as they are availabe after the relevant exam board. Students can then contact their Personall Tutors, for any further details or if they have any issues.