Many people say that exercise will make you much better at doing something.
The proverb is used to encourage someone to learn or do something new.
People who are in the learning process need a lot of trial and error before they can succeed and get it right.
It’s the same as riding a bike, driving a car, or learning a foreign language. Nobody is good at doing something just once.
Not only that, but you also need the right feedback as you learn and improve your skills to be much better than before.
Constructive feedback is good for us
Feedback can be a great way to help us achieve a goal. Like pieces of a puzzle, the more feedback we receive, be it positive or negative feedback, the clearer the picture becomes. If we shut ourselves off when others try to reach out and give us feedback, we will most likely miss opportunities to grow and excel. And when we ask for constructive feedback or are curious about what we’re good at and how we can improve it, it shows others that we’re willing to learn and improve.
On this occasion, we explain how you can use feedback to improve your learning skills.
3 key steps to getting feedback
Feedback is receiving information about how well you are performing when trying to do something or use a skill.
Feedback will explain what went wrong and what went right.
The first phase is practice or application, in which you put into practice what you want to learn.
The second step is the measurement, i.e. obtaining information about your performance.
The final phase is learning, in which you analyze your performance and make adjustments to practice.
We strongly encourage you to recognize the 3 phases above and apply them every time you practice a new skill.
Get appropriate feedback
Being consistent means you receive the same quality of feedback regularly.
You need to be able to measure each learning experience and make an adjustment. When the feedback is conflicting, you have a hard time discerning what was wrong and what was right.
For example, you’re learning to play the guitar. Don’t play a different song every time you practice, or you’ll get inconsistent and inconsistent feedback.
This can happen because the difficulty, speed, and rhythm of each song are different.
This means you have no reliable way to compare how well you play a song.
Therefore, the best way to learn is to play the same song over and over again.
You also need to be able to get quick feedback because the longer it takes to get feedback, the longer it takes to improve your skills.
This is one factor why people who spend a lot of time practicing make very slow progress.
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That means you get feedback that accurately reflects your performance.
This is very important as you will be relying on feedback to tell you what needs improvement.
You can use feedback in any learning process, whether you study in formal or non-formal education.
Applying the above techniques will allow you to improve your study skills much better than before.
How to deal with good emotions when receiving feedback?
Once we know why constructive feedback is good for us, take the initiative and ask others for feedback more often. When we receive feedback or even seek feedback without realizing it, we still typically cannot regulate our emotions when we receive it. This is one of the reasons why our emotions can prevent us from receiving feedback. Because indirectly, our emotions influence our thoughts when we receive feedback. And when our emotions are high or unstable, we may think and take action to avoid or ignore the feedback we receive.
Our brain has a natural tendency to go into fight or flight mode when it senses or recognizes we are being threatened. The increase in the number of hormones released into our bloodstream is what causes our emotions. Therefore, we need to learn to manage our emotions, be calmer, and think clearly and openly when receiving and/or giving feedback.
Start handling feedback well
Getting feedback can be difficult at first, especially when we see it as criticism of our work or personality. Overcoming that initial fear can be the step that takes us from good people to even better people.
Being open to all kinds of feedback shows or demonstrates that we are effective, professional, and hard-working communicators, always striving to improve. When receiving feedback, keep the following in mind:
1) Ask the right feedback questions.
2) Analyze your feedback and identify patterns.
3) Develop strategies to overcome these barriers and achieve goals.
4) Share plans with others and ask for support.
Let’s learn to listen more openly and honestly and to receive feedback from those around us. Because sometimes what we hear hurts without us realizing it, it can change us for the better than before. Filter out what feedback can be useful to us and ignore feedback that’s just trying to bring us down.