3.2 A summary of the phases and activities of learning how to learn
We can represent the process of learning how to learn in a diagram with four phases (Figure 1).
Preparing for a section of study and an accompanying assignment is an essential part of the process. In this phase, you are encouraged to pause and think ahead about how and when you will tackle both studying the material and the assessment task itself.
Exploring is the phase when most of your studying is done, by both working through the course and preparing for the assignment.
Implementing covers the actual doing of your assignment - producing the assignment in a form that can be sent to your tutor.
Reviewing is the phase when your work is returned. Lessons from this phase may well help you in the next circuit as you prepare for another section of study and the next assignment.
So what should you actually do in each of these phases? Each can be divided into two activities (Figure 2), and we will look at them in turn in the following sections.