Cryptic feedback baffles students

“Those at elite institutions find lecturers’ notes less useful than those at post-92s. Nearly a third of students think that the feedback they get from their lecturers does not tell them how to improve their work, a study has found. Many students surveyed said they were confused and frustrated by “cryptic” feedback that posed questions but did not tell them where they had gone wrong in their work. The study for the National Union of Students found that students at post-1992 institutions tended to be happier with the quality of their feedback because they felt it was tailored to them and related better to the marking criteria …” (more)

[Chloe Stothart, Times Higher Education, 18 September]

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