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Key skills: making a difference
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5.4 Monitoring progress

This stage of the framework is about keeping track of how you are doing and what progress you are making. Are you using IT effectively for your purposes? How do you know? Could you have done things differently, such as made use of different facilities and software packages, taken more advantage of training sessions or local expertise, or recognised that such support would have helped you?

Monitoring your own performance and progress needs practice; try to stand back and look at what you are doing as if you were an independent reviewer. Feedback from others can help you to identify your strengths and weaknesses. You may find it useful to discuss with a tutor, other students, work colleagues or manager how you might monitor your work.

As you work through this stage, take time to use your Skills File to record your own comments on your progress, as well as feedback from others. At the end of this stage there is an activity, ‘Monitoring and critically reflecting on your IT skills strategy’, to complete which asks you to review, reflect on and, if necessary, adapt your strategy for IT skills development.