Getting feedback on your writing can be intimidating, frustrating, and sometimes overwhelming. It can be hard to know how to handle and use the feedback you are given on your writing. Use the tips below to approach feedback in a positive and productive way.

  1. Prepare Yourself

    Understanding and using feedback requires that you approach the comments with an open mind and a positive attitude. Remember that all feedback is designed to make your writing stronger; it is not a reflection on you as an individual. Keep this thought in mind before you even open your feedback.
  2. Read and List

    Once you are prepared, start to carefully read the feedback. Get a sense of the patterns you see in the comments and start to develop a list of issues you need to address, including larger concerns, such as paragraph development, and smaller concerns, such as APA style issues. Below are some examples of specific issues your instructors or tutors might mention in their comments, divided into larger concerns and smaller concerns.
    • Larger Concerns:

      • Paragraph Development

      • Thesis and Topic Statements

      • Use of Evidence

      • Alignment with the Prompt

      • Introductions and Conclusions

    • Smaller Concerns:

      • Sentence Structure

      • Grammar Errors

      • APA formatting

      • Spelling Errors

      • Punctuation Errors

  3. Divide and Conquer

    After you have created the list of issues you need to address in your revision, follow the steps below.
    • Divide: Prioritize your list

      • First, list all larger concerns.
      • Second, list all smaller concerns.
    • Conquer: Revise

      • First, address all larger concerns.
      • Second, polish your paper by addressing all of the smaller concerns.
    • Know Your Limits

      Revising can be a time-consuming process. Know your limits when it comes to attention and focus and take breaks when you need them. 
    • Remember that Revising is a Process

      Remember that revising your work is a process and it is perfectly normal to go through several versions of your work. Each revision makes your project more focused and polished.