Feedback and self-evaluation

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Receiving and giving feedback on completed assignments is key to developing and working purposefully, both during the programme and in your career. Self-awareness and self-evaluation help you gain new knowledge and experiences that develop your skills and abilities for your career.

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In both your professional life and your studies, feedback on completed assignments is key to developing and working purposefully. Being able to give feedback in such a way that the recipient accepts the criticism constructively is very important, and is in itself an exercise in leadership as well as in empathic abilities. Positive criticism focusing on what has gone well reinforces those actions and should outweigh the constructive criticism. Constructive criticism, in turn, helps the recipient identify areas where there is the most to gain from improvement. At the Master of Science and Bachelor of Science Programmes in Pharmacy, you will practice receiving as well as giving feedback.

One tip is to start with yourself and your experience when you give feedback (the "I" message). Sometimes experiences can be more of a personal nature than fixed truths, and it is easier to receive criticism if you do not feel you are being accused of something. Remember to give feedback on the actions and assignments of a person and not on the persons themselves. Also, try to give constructive suggestions for improvement.

Write: “I find it difficult to understand the purpose of the project as it seems to consist of several sub-projects that are described in a single long paragraph. Is it possible to divide the paragraph or can it be clarified with an image or flow chart?”

Do not write: “Your purpose is completely incomprehensible. It is impossible to understand what you mean when you describe a lot of different parts in an incoherent way in a single body of text. You have to split this or make an image.”

Feedback forms

As a support for your feedback, there are feedback forms for the various steps included in PUFF:

There are many different aspects on which you can feedback on a written text. The following model facilitates feedback on texts and is used, for example, by the Language Workshop.

The text triangle

The text triangle illustrates the writing process and the various skills and abilities a writer needs. The upper levels of the triangle are more extensive and complex, while the lower ones are more limited. The better you master the lower levels, such as sentence construction and spelling, the more energy you can use on structure and content.

Although, in practice, you mostly work on several levels simultaneously, the text triangle indicates a progression from the upper to the lower levels. For good results, the upper levels need to be addressed before the lower ones. Giving feedback on the upper levels is demanding but important, and can lead to substantial improvements to the text.

The text triangle
The Text Triangle according to Torlaug Løkensgard Hoel, 2001:
Skriva och samtala. Lärande genom responsgrupper.


As a licenced pharmacist or dispensing pharmacist, you are responsible for fulfilling your assignments in health and health care following science and best practice. The primary purpose of the licence is to safeguard patient safety. This means that you have a personal responsibility to stay up to date in the profession even after your training is over. Consequently, it is important that licenced professionals have good self-awareness, that they learn to identify their need for additional knowledge and to continuously develop their skills (see the programme goals for the Master of Science and Bachelor of Science Programmes in Pharmacy). This is not unique to pharmacists or dispensing pharmacist; this is something that is expected of modern professionals in most industries.

At the programmes, you have continuous opportunities to train on evaluating and reflecting on where you stand in terms of knowledge and skills, what you have learned, and what you need to develop through so-called self-evaluations.

A few words about self-evaluation

Feedback from teachers or fellow students, or feedback through checklists in connection with assignments and exercises, are tools to stimulate reflection in yourself as a student. Through self-awareness and self-evaluation, you will have easier access to new knowledge and experiences that improve your skills and abilities for professional life.

Take a moment and reflect on what you did in the exercise. What did you succeed with? What would you like to improve on next time? What should you think about next time? How can you use what you have learned in your professional life? By formulating this for yourself, you will control your development more easily. Remember to be honest with yourself. Self-evaluation is for you and no one else.

Self-assessment forms

As a support for your feedback, there are feedback forms for the various steps included in PUFF:

As a support for your feedback, there are feedback forms for the various steps included in PUFF:

Last modified: 2021-11-30