Learning to change
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5.3 What have I learned about my skills?

As well as offering different ways of thinking about your experience and about change, the course has also enabled you to explore your skills. The activities have been an important part of your learning. Some of these activities (especially in Section 2) focused on gathering evidence about your skills. Many of the other activities have given you opportunities to develop and practise both your academic skills and your ‘real world’ skills. Do you recall the list of these skills in Section 1?

‘Real world’ skills

  • communication skills
  • problem-solving skills
  • organisational skills.

Academic skills

  • reading
  • note taking
  • writing
  • selecting and using evidence
  • evaluating ideas (including your own plans) and theories.
  • thinking about your own learning (reflection).

There are probably other skills that you have improved as a result of working through the course. Your notes, particularly those from the activities, are an important resource for reviewing the knowledge, skills and qualities that you have learned. It would be a good idea to make time to tidy up your notes and put them in order, so that you can use them in the future.

The next activity asks you to think about the skills you have developed.

Activity 55 Skills you have developed

Allow about 20 minutes for this activity

Think of four skills you have developed or improved as a result of your work on this course. Try and select at least two real world skills and two academic skills and give an example for each.

You could use the table below or draw one of your own. We have provided an example to get you started.

Skills development table

Skill I have developed Example
Communication skill I have got better at expressing myself in writing, not just on my assignments but with a recent reference I wrote for a friend.
Next skill Example…


Being aware of the skills you have developed will boost your confidence as you think about the future. It will also help you think about the skills that you want to develop further, whether through study, training or work.


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