Key skills assessment unit: Application of number
Key skills assessment unit: Application of number

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Key skills assessment unit: Application of number

7.2 Developing a strategy

Present notes or records to show you have planned your use of number skills. Include:

  • the goals you hope to achieve for your number skills over 3–4 months or so, taking into account the work you have to do and your current capabilities;

  • notes about the resources you might use and the information you need to research to achieve your goals; for example, discussions and econferences, online resources, skills books, course materials, workshops, specific help and feedback from others;

  • a plan of action to use and improve your number skills which includes notes on:

    • targets you have set to achieve your goals, and how you intend to achieve them;

    • opportunities you can use to develop and practise your number skills. For example, working on assignments and projects, attending training sessions or skills workshops;

    • resources you might use to improve your skills. For example, course materials, tutor feedback, discussions with others including computer conferencing;

    • evidence you plan to present; for example, an assignment, project report, annotated printouts of charts, graphs and diagrams, etc., to show you how you have developed your skills.

  • a schedule that includes deadlines and review points.

Be prepared to revise and update your strategy as your work develops. Think of it as a living document; you are likely to make changes and adjustments to it while you are working on the assessment course. Keep a record of your revisions and notes about why you made the changes.

You could perhaps discuss your strategy with a study advisor and receive feedback. You could use this feedback to help you assess your progress as your work develops.


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