How to Use Thesis Feedback

  1. Listen deeply. Take accurate notes.
  2. Wait 24 hours.
  3. Consider the feedback in relation to your intent. Does it help you get to your goal?
  4. Clarify your goal if necessary.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you can confidently say “yes” or “no.”
  6. Accept the feedback and use it, or put it away for the time being.
  7. 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