What is it?
When interviewed about feedback, many students said that they appreciate lecturers who frequently stick to the timeframe within which feedback should be delivered. Timeliness of feedback came in the top three criteria of what students characterises as good feedback. The University of Southampton feedback policy states that feedback should be given within four working weeks after the submission date. If for some reasons, lecturers aren’t able to give feedback within this timeframe, they should keep students well informed. It is also important to give feedback on one assignment before students start work on the next so that they can use it to improve their next piece of work.
How can students make the most of it?
If students are unaware of the average timeframes within which feedback should be delivered, they should ask their lecturer for further information. Moreover, if students feel as though the timeframes are too long, they should raise their concerns with their course reps so that the issue can be raised and dealt with appropriately.