Most instructors pride themselves on their ability to provide feedback to their students. Many times we believe we are clear in our comments, but our students often disagree. The following are comments from students on teacher feedback.
What is the meaning of the marks you put on my paper? You think that I understand, but I don’t so I still don’t know what is wrong in my paper (ex. !, sf, ?, np, re/w, ).
It does not help me when you write, “this is not what I asked you for” on my paper. I still don’t know what you want.
I don’t know what I wrote wrong when you write, ‘?’ on my paper. If I l knew how to write it in a better sentence I would have done it. Can’t you give me a sample sentence?
Speaking louder doesn’t make me understand you. I can hear you; I just don’t understand what you mean, that is why I can’t answer.
If you can give me an example of what the assignment looks like, maybe I can do what you ask. We don’t write things like this in my country, for example a reflective paper.
You don’t give me writing on my assignment about what I did right and what I did wrong. You just put X if it is wrong, but I still don’t know what is wrong so I may do it again.
Can you give more examples when you talk about a difficult concept? It helps me to understand and remember what you teach me.
I am very proud to be in your class. When you tell me in class that I said or did something correctly, I try so hard to do it again because I want you to understand.
You told me my writing was improving and that made me work harder because I want you to know I respect you.
In my third year you explained to me that if I did not improve my writing I would have problems in a job. I did not like you telling me these things, but I know I needed it.