Create a balance of positive and constructive comments

It is important for all students to gain insight into both strengths and areas for improvement.

  • Providing both support and constructive suggestions will enhance confidence, and help students understand that learning is a lifelong process.
  • In the clinical setting, as you observe the students’ behaviors and skills, begin to formulate comments that you can use for positive and constructive feedback later in the learning process [1].

[1] The Mountain Area Health Education Centre (MAHEC), Department of Continuing Medical Education. Feedback: An Educational Monograph for Community-Based Teachers. 1-26. Retrieved from