Key skills - making a difference
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Key skills - making a difference

3.2.6 Achieving your goals

Now that you have established what you intend to do and identified specific targets to achieve them, think about how you can meet your targets, taking into account what you are trying to do and looking carefully at the most effective way to do it. This might be by attending a training course or skills workshop, prioritising your time differently, taking an active part in e-tutorials, or checking out resources and giving yourself time to practise new ways of working.

Take into account the resources available to you and what you know about your own way of working. Try to ensure you have access to the resources that you need.

I found it really helpful to go to the Reading Skills workshop. It gave me new ideas to try out and it was useful to discuss different ways of speed-reading. I use the handouts and suggestions whenever I feel stuck or run out of time.

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Add comments to your plan to indicate how you might achieve your learning goals.

You are now in a good position to put your notes and ideas together as your strategy for improving your own learning and performance. The next activity should help you do this.

Activity: Developing your strategy for improving own learning and performance

Present a strategy for improving your own learning and performance. In developing your strategy, include:

  • background and context – give a brief statement of what you are doing currently, e.g. course or job role;

  • your current capabilities in relation to your overall goals, that is what you hope to achieve as you complete this key skill;

  • the resources you might use as you develop and improve your skills and the opportunities you have to practise your skills, for example when completing assignments or work projects; and

  • include a plan of action that gives the targets you hope to achieve with:

    • deadlines and review points; and

    • what you plan to do to achieve your targets.

Refer to the figure below for an example of a completed Skills Sheet for this stage of the key skills framework.

Figure 2
Example of a completed Skills Sheet for ‘Developing your strategy for improving own learning and performance’

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