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Online Guide to Writing and Research

Assessing Your Writing

The Draft Stage

Using Feedback

Receiving criticism is no fun. However, growing as a writer will depend on your ability to understand and appreciate feedback. Consequently, every good writer knows that helpful, well-meaning criticism is a gift, and they value it.

To be sure, some criticism is unhelpful, and as a writer you must keep this in mind. When receiving feedback, writers face the challenge of sorting between helpful and unhelpful comments. Of course, addressing your professor’s feedback should take top priority. However, what about feedback from others? You can use the checklist below to start to address this latter question.

 Checklist for Assessing Feedback
  Did I carefully incorporate my instructor’s feedback? 
  Have I evaluated the other feedback I received for its usefulness? 
  What rationale do I have for using the other feedback in my revision? 
  What rationale do I have for rejecting the other feedback as unhelpful? 

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