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

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7.6.5 Identify ways of further developing your number skills

Think about your overall number skills and suggest areas where you feel you need to improve, based on the experience you have gained. You might find it useful to discuss with a tutor, manager, another student or work colleague how you might do this. There may be changes you feel you need to make so that you can move forward, such as trying to extend the facilities and resources available to you, changing the way you study to make best use of the time you have, or focusing on improving your own skills in specific areas. For example you may need to improve the precision with which you work with numerical and mathematical techniques, or the level of your own expertise.

Evaluation is an important stage in a project. Do take time to evaluate your work when it is completed; don't just neglect this stage or forget about your work. If you are studying a course, your tutor will have made comments which should help you assess how well you are doing, and what you need to focus on next. If you are improving your skills at work, your manager or supervisor may be able to comment and give suggestions for further development. You may also have received feedback from other sources. You should consider all such feedback carefully and take it into account as you move onto the next stage of your work.

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If you keep a record of feedback you have received, and your responses to it, over a period of time you can see how it has influenced your learning and skills development. You will then be in a good position to know how to improve further.

Activity: Evaluating your number skills 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.

Drawing on the records you have kept in your Skills File, comment critically on:

  • the effectiveness of your strategy for improving your number skills, identifying the factors that had an impact on your work;

  • those numerical or mathematical techniques where you feel you have made progress, and those where you feel you need more feedback or support;

  • what you found useful in helping you to make progress, such as comments from tutors, other students or colleagues, particular resources, particular ways of working or planning your work;

  • your own performance in presenting your outcomes as if you were assessing your own work;

  • how you intend to develop further your number skills.

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 number skills strategy and presenting outcomes’