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What is timely feedback?

Research has shown that the sooner students receive feedback after submitting work the more effective it is for their learning.1 In particular, students are most likely to benefit from feedback if they receive it before they move onto their next assignment. To facilitate this, generic feedback can be prepared in advance and distributed to students quickly once they have submitted their work. This can be based on previous answers to the assignment or a 'model answer.' Individual feedback to students can then be provided at a later stage.


1. Irons, A. (2008) Enhancing learning through formative assessment and feedback. Routledge, Abingdon, UK.

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