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As well as marking the work, your tutor provides comments and advice on the content of your assignment, and on your skills in communicating your ideas.
Marking assignments is how we assess progress and ensure that students process the module material and learn. It's easy to just look at the grade and put the assignment away but the feedback I give is individual to each student. It's important to address misunderstandings so they aren't repeated in other assignments or in the exam.
OU student Mick talking about how feedback helped him to develop his writing skillsSign in to listen to this audio
When you get your assignment back, you’ll no doubt look at the grade first and then look at your tutor’s comments. Try to be objective in how you react and use the suggestions below to build on your skills.
Take twenty minutes to review your assignment. If you want to check how you are doing on the module so far, you can use the assessment calculator. You can also find out about general assessment matters, including assignments and examinations.
The assignments listed below are from the discontinued 'Openings' programme of modules, which are designed as introductions to studying at university level. Tutors tailor any feedback according to the needs of each particular student, however, the comments here are designed to coach students in general assignment writing skills. To get a sense of how OU tutors give feedback on such modules, look at the tutors’ comments (on the right hand side of the later pages).