Let’s leave aside for one moment the actual subject areas that interest you and consider where to go next. Spend a little time at this stage thinking about your study experience so far and your goals and aspirations for the future, both in terms of your studies and your life in general.
Below, we’ve outlined some useful tools and suggestions to help you.
Reflecting on my learning
It’s a good idea to review your progress and to reflect on how things are going during the course of your studies. For example you might like to do a brief review at the beginning of a study session or after completing a unit. Have you found yourself making links between what you’ve learned and things you come across in everyday life, for instance when watching the news or talking to friends?
Consider too whether there have been any surprises to your learning – perhaps something about yourself, for instance that you are interested in a subject or area that before your studies you knew nothing about.
Your Learning Log as a planning tool
There is no requirement to move on to further study. However if you would like to take your learning further you can either continue with informal learning or progress to formal learning options.
This is part of a collection to accompany The Open University in Scotland's Open Pathways to Higher Education.