1.2 Reflecting on your learning
In Week 1 of this course it was suggested that you might wish to keep a learning journal.
Keeping a note of your reflections in your learning journal helps you to both record and consolidate your learning. Using a journal in this way ensures that you capture your thoughts; otherwise there is always a strong possibility that they are lost.
It is a good idea to review your learning journal entries on a regular basis and this can help you to recognise:
- your progress – as you see that there are things that you used to find difficult, but can now do relatively easily
- recurring themes in your thoughts and actions that may indicate potential areas to develop in the future.
Activity 2 Your learning journal
Have a look back through your learning journal. Is it a jumble of random notes, or have you organised it into weeks and activities? Are you jotting down your thoughts as well as the key points and the activity answers?
As we near the end of the course it is a good time to review and reflect on how you are keeping your notes. See if you want to change things, now that you are probably getting a better feel for the kind of notes you wish to make and how much space they take up.
We can gain a lot from thinking back over things by ourselves. It is also valuable, at least occasionally, to think about other points of view or perspectives. One way of doing this is by getting feedback from others.