Accurate and correct evaluation of students provides insight into their strengths and limitations.
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To judge the performance of students, you can use either the written or the oral medium, or combine both. The methods of giving feedback to trainees orally are:
- Group Feedback
- Individual Feedback
- Private or Group Interviews
When providing feedback orally, you need to make sure that you refrain from providing negative feedback to students in front of others. If you are handling a small group of students, you can easily provide individual feedback privately. If, on the other hand, you have a larger group, you may provide general feedback to the entire batch and provide individual feedback in writing. When you disclose the positive points of a student publicly and the negative points privately, you help a student to feel motivated to do better and, at the same time, allows them to see their mistakes.
Private or group interviews also help students to communicate with their trainer face-to-face. The advantage of oral feedback is that the student can also respond to the feedback provided by the trainer and receive clarifications on things that they have difficulty in understanding. In that sense, face-to-face feedback allows the students to understand the feedback better.
For providing written feedback, trainers can use the following methods:
- Questionnaire with Multiple-Choice Questions
- Shorter Feedback (Self-Evaluation, Peer Evaluation)
- A Comprehensive Feedback
You can use a multiple-choice questionnaire to give feedback to students. As a multiple-choice questionnaire has limited and fixed choices, you can only give students a general idea of their performance through it. For example, if a trainer has provided feedback through a multiple-choice questionnaire with the choices ‘Good’, ‘Average’ and ‘Poor’, then the student can determine where he or she stands but will not get in-depth information on what they are doing wrong. Multiple-choice questionnaires can include many questions because they are easy to mark, and, therefore, provide more feedback to students. However, they cannot be said to be in-depth.
Questionnaires that allow short feedback on a variety of areas provide more specific feedback. A trainer can use them to pinpoint the specific areas of a student’s performance that need improvement. Also, a trainer can advise on how to achieve the improvement. This is the middle-path between the multiple-choice questionnaire and the more comprehensive feedback.
More comprehensive feedback provides an in-depth analysis of a student’s performance. This type of feedback covers fewer areas, but offers a thorough evaluation of the strengths and limitations of a student. It usually tells a student how to overcome the weak areas. Comprehensive feedback is used when the student is expected to gain expertise in the subject.
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