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

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Key skills - making a difference

3 Improving own learning and performance

3.1 Introduction to improving own learning and performance

This key skill is about helping you understand how you learn; think about how you can improve your own learning and performance, and consider how you might generalise the principles and processes for future learning.

You saw in our discussion of ‘A framework for learning’, improving your learning and performance could be considered to be a ‘meta-skill’, that is the skill of learning how to learn. This section, then, is a little different from the other skills sections because improving your own learning and performance is not a separate option that you can choose to concentrate on or not – it is the basis of the three-stage framework of developing a strategy, monitoring progress and evaluating performance which you will use to develop and improve other key skills and your learning more generally. The key skill of improving your own learning and performance can be practised and developed like other skills, but unlike other skills it seems more difficult to measure and assess. What is possible, however, is to use the structure and activities presented in this course to help you think about what you are doing and how well you are doing it, and then at regular intervals stand back and look at your own progress objectively.

If you are just starting on your skills development this is the key skill to start with, perhaps coupled with another key skill you want to work on.

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