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Preparing assignments: Learning from feedback

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As well as marking the work, your tutor provides comments and advice on the content of your assignment, and on your skills in communicating your ideas.

Marking assignments is how we assess progress and ensure that students process the module material and learn. It's easy to just look at the grade and put the assignment away but the feedback I give is individual to each student. It's important to address misunderstandings so they aren't repeated in other assignments or in the exam.

When you get your assignment back, you’ll no doubt look at the grade first and then look at your tutor’s comments. Try to be objective in how you react and use the suggestions below to build on your skills.

  1. Read carefully your tutor’s comments on the assignment and the PT3 form.
  2. Mark anything that you don’t understand and want to ask your tutor about.
  3. Take note of issues to do with your structure and presentation.
  4. Use a tutor-marked assignment (TMA) review form (RTF, 456.33 KB) to note any suggestions for future improvement.
  5. Keep your feedback in one place and occasionally return to it to identify themes that keep coming up.
  6. Speak to your tutor, or review material on this site for ideas on how to improve.

Take twenty minutes to review your assignment. If you want to check how you're doing on the module so far, you can use the asssessment calculator (if available for your module). Find out more about estimating your module results and general assessment and exams matters.

Note: for modules with no exam or EMA, your end-of-module tutor-marked assignment (emTMA) can't be collected until your final module result is issued. You'll be able to download the assignment and PT3 with comments from your tutor in the normal way when you've had your result.

The assignments listed below are from the discontinued 'Openings' programme of modules, which are designed as introductions to studying at university level. Tutors tailor any feedback according to the needs of each particular student, however, the comments here are designed to coach students in general assignment writing skills. To get a sense of how OU tutors give feedback on such modules, look at the tutors’ comments (on the right hand side of the later pages).

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