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Common feedback comments and what they mean: Understanding the assessment task / requirements

This guide lists some common feedback comments and explains what they mean.

Understanding the assessment task

Ask yourself:

What kind of writing am I expected to produce and how is that type of writing structured?

What is the question asking me to do?

What are the guidelines for this assessment task?


Go to the link below to see  how you can quickly analyse an assessment question:

Analysing an assessment task


 Word count

 Due date

 Referencing style

 Format –line spacing


               Font size

               Page number

            Student number/name



 Submission: online

                    hard copy


Annotated bibliography

Reflective writing

Journal entry