Using Feedback to Learn Rapidly

Chris Lovejoy

#10. Please tell me what to write about.

Feedback is a fundamental requirement in all learning. If we don’t know what we did wrong and right we have no means of correction.

As I undergo my daily blogging challenge, I realise that receiving more feedback would help me to better develop my writing ability.

How could I receive more feedback?

One option would be to grab friends and colleagues, force them to read my work and to let me know what they think. However, this would be unhelpful. Firstly, it is egocentric — I shouldn’t have to force someone else to do something they don’t want to do for my own benefit. Secondly, the fact they are a friend or colleague means they are unlikely to be entirely honest. They know me and (probably) don’t want to hurt my feelings.

The ideal feedback system would enable feedback to be:

  • Rapid
  • Honest
  • Specific

I have an idea that would enable this. If after every blog post, a simple ‘feedback form’ appeared which enabled readers to rapidly rate what they just read this would benefit both reader and writer.

My feedback form would include the following:

Rating out of 5:

Content: _/5

Structure: _/5

Writing: _/5

What would you like me to write about next? _____________

This would enable the writer to continue to develop their skills, and it would enable the reader to continually influence the topics that the writer writes about.

(I’m not aware of an app the does this. If one exists, please let me know.)

However, in the meantime, feel free to rate me in this way. Please comment below (anonymously if you prefer), send me a private message or deliver a full written report note by carrier pigeon.

Based on your feedback, I will improve and I will write about what you want me to write about, so we can both benefit.

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