How to Use Feedback

A Guide for Students

A Reader can be a rich and powerful source of feedback on your writing–from a member of your target audience. Because this type of feedback is likely very different from what you have received in the past, we want to give you a few pointers on making the best use of it.

  1. Maintain ownership of the document. Although your reader probably has a lot of experience, you are still the author. Take all comments seriously, but you decide what to change and how. It’s fine for you to decide that particular comments are of base or that some of your reader’s suggestions aren’t your best choices.
  2. If you’re not sure what your reader means at some point, respectfully ask the to clarify.
  3. If you’re uncertain about whether or how to address a particular concern raised by your reader, ask your professor. He or she is the one ultimately responsible for evaluating your work.

We hope you find this feedback to be a significant contribution to your education here at Duke!