Week 7: Feedback and remedies
Now that I have received feedback for my first assignment, I now have some sort of metric in order to gauge my understanding of the materials thus far. Considering I achieved a score of 90% on the assessment, it appears I have done something right! Anna’s feedback for the assessment was excellent. Instead of just commenting where I have done something wrong, she highlights what I have done right, and also makes suggestions as to improvements. From the marking I can clearly see where I have responded correctly or identified the key aspects, and can also see where I could have used more authoritative cases or may not have discussed the topic has in-depth as I could have. I do like however where to one question, where I responded completely differently to the model/suggested response, Anna still allowed the answer as it is simply one of those questions were it is a matter of interpretation and the argument that you present. Although as she says, the argument that I presented may be negated by other words and actions as demonstrated in the answer guide that she provided. And I have to admit that I had not read that section of the material as completely as I probably should have, so was unaware of that at the time.
I cannot fault the feedback provided by Anna, and have no issues or concerns with it. Based on the feedback I would hope that I will continue to demonstrate a sound understanding material, considering the fact that later assessments are usually more complicated and challenging.
So far in this course I have found the lecture videos recorded by Anna to be an excellent introduction into the week’s material. I then read the study notes for the week, and sometimes the case summaries or the actual case judgements for cases of interest. I usually read or skim the set chapters from the textbook as well-it depends on how much time I have and how well I feel I understand the concepts. I have also found the LexisNexis Torts book from their study guide series (citation below) to be very informative and always read the relevant chapter from that book as it provides a very concise coverage of the torts rationale and implementation, and also has very concise case summaries of relevant cases.
In relation to using caselaw better or more efficiently in my studies, I started to collect the case judgements and the AGLC citation for the more authoritative or interesting cases as I go, as well attaching keywords and notes for future reference, and storing them all in Endnote, in order to start building my own reference library for later use. I found this very beneficial when staying to work on the second assignment as I no longer had to go searching through the different legal database sites for a case, and was able to simply search my own collection. I can also include any digests, case notes or the actual case judgement when available. It is also good to be able to add my own notes as to key points of the cases. It also makes referencing very easy later on as I do not have to construct the citation again!