Feedback Use it to improve your writing

Note: The information on this page is mostly repeated from the feedback page of the study skills section.

Once your work has been peer edited, the next stage of the writing process is to use the feedback you have received to improve your writing. To do this, you can follow these steps.

The first thing you should do when you receive feedback on your work, whether it is written or spoken feedback, is make sure you understand it. If you do not, ask the person who gave it to you for clarification. If you do not understand the feedback, you will not be able to make improvements. After that, you should make a note of the major problems which you need to work on. For example, problems with referencing or structure are far more important than problems with spelling or punctuation. Once you have done this, you should consider how you will improve these areas. You may have some resources to help (e.g. this website!), or you could ask your peers or tutor for assistance. Finally, as you redraft your writing, you should check carefully for the major problems you have worked on. You could either do this yourself, i.e. self assessment, or ask a peer to help you, i.e. get further peer feedback.


The stages above are summarised in the diagram below.

Understand feedback

Make sure you understand the feedback. Ask for clarification if necessary.

Identify the major problems to work on.
Consider how to improve

Consider how you will improve. Ask for help if necessary.
Check for problems

As you redraft, check carefully for the problems you identified.


Alexander, O., Argent, S. and Spencer, J. (2008) EAP Essentials. Reading: Garnet Publishing Ltd.

Cottrell, S. (2001) Teaching Study Skills & Supporting Learning. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Rinvolucri, M. (1994) Feedback, ELT Journal, Volume 48/3, pp.287-288.

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