For today’s blog, I wanted to share my tips and experience with embracing and growing from critical feedback on my writing while in college.
I know how hard it is to get critical feedback and, sometimes, we just don’t even want to look at it because it triggers the imposter syndrome within us. Or, maybe, you are like me and you have trauma when you the the red markings all over your paper… it happened to me EVERY time. It was discouraging, but I decided I would grow as a writer and work on it versus letting it stop me from my dreams!
I have mentioned this before in our Strategies for Writing post, but I will mention it here again. Being an ESL student (English as a Second Language), I am use to the heartbreak of getting low grades for papers I worked hard on. I did notice that because of my first language, my conjunction would be wrong in my English writing. Sometimes the way in which it was said in my language, did not make any sense in the English language. It was really hard in college, but I worked even harder to master my writing in the English language. I knew I deserved to be there and I had a lot to say!
With that said, I write this to help you embrace the critiques and grow from them! You are an amazing writer!!
Below are my tips for embracing critical feedback on our writing.
TIPS ON EMBRACING CRITICAL FEEDBACK
- READ IT BY YOURSELF
- If you can, I would read feedback alone. I know this is hard, especially if you have roommates, but try to find a place where you can be alone and read it calmly.
- Maybe turn some relaxing music and a candle
- Just make sure you give yourself the space to read it an not feel watched
- TAKE A BREAK TO TAKE-IT IN
- After you read the feedback, I would step away from the writing.
- You can come back to it when you have had time to take in what they said and envision your writing differently with their feedback in mind
- Sometimes, taking a break before going back to it can help calm your nerves and anxiety.
- Go take a walk or watch an episode of your favorite TV show!
- MAKE A LIST OF WHAT TO DO NEXT
- To help ease your anxiety or stress about having to work on your feedback to re-submit, I would make a TO DO LIST.
- On the list, you can put the page number where the feedback is found and what you need to work on or fix.
- I would make check boxes on the side of each task (it will make you feel amazing to get through the list, I promise!)
- It also helps you see the feedback again, but with a plan! You got this!
- ASK FOR HELP FROM OTHERS
- This one is a hard one for me. I find it really hard to ask for help from others, but you need it!
- Ask for other people to peer-edit your writing. I have asked friends, family, and other professors who I am close with.
- The reason I ask for others feedback is to help me see what other people see. Sometimes, one person will help me see what another could not get to understand.
- It is also about building your confidence and being comfortable about sharing your writing (No matter what stage you are in!)
- YOU DECIDE WHICH FEEDBACK YOU WILL USE
- If you ask for feedback or receive feedback from various people (such as a committee for your research project), you will need to take all the feedback in and decide which one works best for you.
- The feedback may be similar while, other times, they can be absolutely different. It is up to YOU to decide which feedback makes more sense for you.
- I also highly suggest going to the writing center on campus (check if you have one. Some schools have only tutoring programs, but other have writing centers with lots of people ready to help you! I suggest you find these people on campus and take advantage of their feedback. These should be free services for you because you pay for them in your tuition.
I hope these strategies for embracing critical feedback and if you have any questions, email us ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) or leave a comment below.
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