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

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6.5.4 Monitor and critically reflect on your use of IL skills

As you develop your information literacy skills, refer back to the outcomes you hope to achieve and goals you have set yourself. Ask yourself questions such as:

  • am I on track to achieve my outcomes?

  • what difficulties in using information literacy techniques have I experienced and what have I done about them?

  • how have the choices and decisions I made impacted on the quality of my work?

  • do I need to make any changes in the way I am learning about and using IL?

Identify reliable sources of feedback from others (such as your work colleagues, tutor, librarian, manager) and ask for their comments on specific aspects of your work. Use their comments constructively to help you monitor your performance, make decisions, and focus on those areas you need to work on.

Use any feedback from others, together with your own assessment of how you are learning and improving, to reflect critically on your progress, and to suggest ways to move forward (for example by improving existing skills, setting new priorities, or trying different approaches). Remember that being critical does not mean ‘finding fault’. Rather, it means enquiring and being honest with yourself about your performance, your decisions, your strong points and your weaknesses.

Time out

Remember that we learn from successes as well as from mistakes. Include in your Skills File your critical reflections about what you feel has gone well, and why.

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