Your child most likely isn't maximising teachers feedback - heres why

We all want our children to excel in school, and a key to their success lies in understanding and utilizing the feedback provided by their teachers. But often, students overlook or misinterpret this valuable guidance. In this blog, we'll delve into why many students miss the mark with teacher feedback (sometimes not even knowing where their feedback went!) and some tips that can help your child break down feedback effectively, empowering them to independently interpret and improve their work.

Why Do Students Often Miss the Mark with Teacher Feedback?

  1. Misunderstanding Marking Criteria: It's not uncommon for students to glance at their grades and comments without truly comprehending the marking criteria. Understanding what the teacher is assessing and the expectations they have is the first step to improvement.

  1. Rushing Through Feedback: In the hustle and bustle of school life, many students skim over their feedback hastily. They may focus only on the grade, becoming emotional or apathetic to it, missing out on the valuable insights that could significantly enhance their learning.

  1. Failure to Reflect: Self-reflection is the foundation of growth. Without taking the time to reflect on their work and the feedback provided, students miss out on opportunities for improvement.

How important is Personalized Feedback?

At Concept, we believe that effective feedback is the key to academic growth. Encouraging your child to bridge the gap between teacher feedback and their progress is our priority. Here's how it can make a difference:

  1. Understanding Marking Criteria: We work closely with your child to help them comprehend the marking criteria. We ensure your child knows precisely what the teacher is looking for in their assignments and assessments. Understanding marking criteria is like having a clear gameplan for a soccer game. You would not go in without a plan, would you? When your child comprehends what the teacher is looking for, they can align their work accordingly. 

  1. Interpreting Feedback: We can help your child see feedback as a roadmap to improvement. We guide them through the comments and suggestions to grasp the specific areas that require attention. Methodical and detailed feedback that is personalised becomes valuable to students, which helps them value school feedback more!

  1. Encouraging Reflection: Reflection is where the real growth happens. We foster a culture of reflection, encouraging your child to revisit their work and feedback. This habit is a cornerstone for ongoing development, and something our state-ranking tutors know all too well!

The Question, Criteria, Then Feedback Approach:

Encourage your child to adopt a strategic approach to feedback. Instead of diving headfirst into the comments, advise them to read the marking criteria and question first. By understanding the question, your child can focus on the relevant aspects of the feedback. This method ensures that their efforts are precisely targeted for improvement.

The Reflect to Grow(th) Mindset:

Growth requires self-awareness and reflection. Encourage your child to revisit their previous work and feedback regularly. This practice not only enhances their current assignments but also lays a strong foundation for continuous improvement throughout their academic journey. Adopting this growth mindset can bring your child’s grades up quickly, and is an invaluable skill to take on in life!

In conclusion, understanding and utilizing teacher feedback is the secret sauce to academic excellence. It's a skill that not only helps students improve their grades but also prepares them for success in the real world, where feedback and self-improvement are invaluable!

Curious about how Concept’s team can break down a marking criteria in a jiffy? Reach out to Concept - we're always happy to provide you with more valuable resources!

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