Feedback may be the breakfast of champions, but just as breakfasts differ in nutritional value, not all feedback is created equal. Immediate or prompt feedback is a more effective aid in the process of learning as compared to delayed feedback which comes days or weeks later, as shown by studies conducted both in Singapore and other countries.
From pre-schoolers to university students, for accounting and auditing skills to language and literacy levels, a marked increase in performance has resulted from the effects of prompt feedback. Other indicators of good feedback include its specificity and how it is presented. Traditional assessment books come with solutions for parents or tutors to mark a student’s work but this is a poor and passive form of feedback.
Tutate does it better by allowing teachers to provide comments and guidance in response to students’ answers, providing prompt feedback which is crucial for students’ learning.
Edutopia’s article highlights five tips on useful feedbacks, including using specific rather than vague phrases, presenting the feedback at the right situation and encouraging student involvement in the process.
Other aspects contributing to good feedback would be:
1. Always be objective and take care to not impose your subjective opinions.
2. Take into account other people’s perspective and understand their circumstances.
3. Review past mistakes but be forward thinking and future focused.
Good and bad feedback greatly differs in their effects; positively constructed feedback improves productivity while negatively constructed feedback is inefficient and may even erode self confidence levels. Bad feedback with good intentions may end up doing more harm than good, so keep in mind and practice good feedback habits.