1 Using a learning journal
Keeping a reflective journal (or learning journal) can help you while studying the material in this – or in fact any OpenLearn – course.
A journal is a tool for self discovery, an aid to concentration, a mirror for the soul, a place to generate and capture ideas, a safety valve for the emotions, a training ground for the writer, and a good friend and confidant.
If you were asked why you have chosen to study this course, what would you reply?
What do you hope to get out of the course?
You have seen the learning outcomes for this course – would you add any of your own aims to the list?
Take some time to consider these questions and make some notes in your reflective journal.
You may already be familiar with keeping a reflective or learning diary or journal. A reflective journal can help embed your learning from the course, and material you place here could be a really useful resource for future work. You may wish to make entries after every section, or perhaps more, or less, frequently. Occasionally you could ask yourself how your learning is affecting your work with children. You could also discuss the value of a reflective journal in the Comments section below.
Using a reflective tool, such as a journal, has been shown to help students think about not only what they are learning, but how they are learning. This may lead to adjustments to your learning patterns; it could also help you stay motivated throughout your study of this course.