How to Use Thesis Feedback
- Listen deeply. Take accurate notes.
- Wait 24 hours.
- Consider the feedback in relation to your intent. Does it help you get to your goal?
- Clarify your goal if necessary.
- Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you can confidently say “yes” or “no.”
- Accept the feedback and use it, or put it away for the time being.
- Move on to the next thing on your mind.
Tips for Success:
- Resist the urge to accept feedback, no matter how respectable the source, without first understanding how it relates to your goal.
- Resist the urge to brainstorm quick solutions while receiving feedback. This is essentially doing the above.
- Unless the feedback totally and definitively invalidates your goal, never change your goal to adapt to the feedback. That’s backwards.
- Always have a good reason for everything you decide.
Disclaimer: Instructions are based on the personal experiences of a 25-year-old grad student only. Not backed by scientific studies or certified Kosher. Batteries not included. Revisions welcome.
Further Reading: Feedback and the Creative Process by Cassie McDaniel