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Key skills: making a difference
Key skills: making a difference

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3.8.3 Identify ways of further improving your own learning and performance

Remember that improving your own learning and performance is not something that you can do once and then forget about it. It is a process that needs to become an integral part of your normal approach to work and study throughout your career in higher education and in the world of work. Developing and using the skill of improving your own learning and performance can enhance all other learning. As you worked through this key skill, what is it that you have learned? What can you take away with you to the next task? And is there anything that you would do differently? You can apply the process to a section of a course or to other skill areas or to work-based activities and projects.

Time out

Now that you have used the key skills approach and worked through the three-stage framework for improvement, what are your plans for future development?

Activity: Evaluating your strategy and presenting outcomes

For this activity you will need to print out the Skills Sheet, ‘Evaluating your strategy and presenting outcomes’: click here [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)]   to open it.

Present a synthesis of what you have learned from two different learning activities and include your skills in improving your own learning and performance.

Present an evaluation of the effectiveness of your overall strategy, noting ways of further developing your skills in improving your own learning and performance.

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

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Example of a completed Skills Sheet for ‘Evaluating your strategy and presenting outcomes’

Evaluating your work can at first seem daunting. However, you may be reassured to know that most of us can become proficient in evaluation over time, particularly if we do it routinely. Initially, follow the processes of the activities included in this section, perhaps as you complete an assignment or piece of work. Over time you will develop your observational power (of yourself), fluency and familiarity with the process. Your aim is to become actively involved in developing and questioning your knowledge and skills so it becomes part of the way you work. As you learn how to use skills to improve your learning and performance, you are likely to develop a better understanding of what you value personally and professionally, what your work represents, what you have achieved and how you have changed.