Figuring Out Feedback to Students

How do we get students to act on the feedback we provide? When papers are returned, they look at the grade first and then (but not always) briefly peruse the comments. Do they read them more carefully at home? When asked, they say they do, but then the next paper comes in with little if any improvement in the areas targeted by the feedback. Do they need more comments? Fewer comments? Comments worded differently?

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