5.3.3 What Have I Learned About My Skills?

As well as offering different ways of thinking about your experience and about change, the course has also enabled you to explore your skills. Your thinking about your skills forms part of the next activity in the Qualities, Knowledge, and Skills Audit Challenge (Part 2). The activities and challenges have been an important part of your learning: Some (especially in Unit 2) focused on gathering evidence about your skills; many others have provided opportunities to develop and practice both your academic skills and your real-world skills.

Do you remember these lists of skills from Unit 1?

Real-World Skills

  • Communication skills.
  • Problem solving skills.
  • Organizational skills.

Academic skills

  • Reading.
  • Note-taking.
  • Writing.
  • Selecting and using evidence.
  • Evaluating ideas (including your own plans) and theories.
  • Thinking about your own learning (reflection).

There are probably other skills that you have improved as a result of working through Learning to Learn. Your notes, particularly those from the activities, are an important resource for reviewing the qualities, knowledge, and skills that you have learned. It would be a good idea to organize your notes so that you can use them in the future.

The next activity asks you to think about the skills you have developed.

Activity 5.8: What Have I Learned About My Skills?

Timing: Allow about 20 minutes for this activity.

This is a required activity for Challenge 7: The Qualities, Knowledge, and Skills Audit Challenge (Part 2).

The next part of the Qualities, Knowledge, and Skills Audit Challenge (Part 2) involves an activity where you reflect on your skills [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

Activity 5.9: Reflecting on Challenge 7: The Qualities, Knowledge, and Skills Audit Challenge (Part 2)

Timing: Allow about 10 minutes for this activity.

This is a required activity for Challenge 7: The Qualities, Knowledge, and Skills Audit Challenge (Part 2).

You have done a lot of “thinking back,” but you might also want to use this challenge as the basis for an entry in your Learning Journal. If you take this option, make an entry in your Learning Journal with the title “Reflecting on Challenge 7: The Qualities, Knowledge, and Skills Audit Challenge (Part 2).” Then make some notes in response to some or all of the following questions:

  • How did you feel before and after you completed this challenge? Did it help that you had already done Part 1? Did it help to have done any other challenges?
  • Were there points at which you felt you would not complete this challenge? What caused these feelings? How did you deal with them?
  • How do you now feel about any remaining Learning to Learn challenges? How many do you think you will attempt? Are you drawn to any particular challenges?

Comment

It is impossible for us to guess what your responses to being asked to reflect on the Qualities, Knowledge, and Skills Audit Challenge (Part 2) might be. However, if you have worked through this challenge, we would hope that you have done this because you found it useful and interesting. If this is the case, that’s great, because it suggests that you are getting a lot from studying Learn to Learn. You might want to reflect on what differences you are noticing in your own levels of confidence and self-belief.

Of course, it is possible that thinking about your qualities, knowledge, and skills has made you regret missed opportunities. If this is your experience, then we hope that you will see your work on Learning to Learn as a step towards seizing opportunities rather than missing them.

Activity 5.10: Your Promise to Yourself

Timing: Allow about 15 minutes for this activity.

This final activity in the section on the Qualities, Knowledge and Skills Audit Challenge (Part 2) asks you to make a promise to yourself. This promise is that you will not lose sight of what you have achieved, and—most importantly—that you will be active in seeking new possibilities to “learn to change.” Write down in your Learning Journal (using the heading “Promise to Myself”) what you have decided to do over the next three months. This is the basis for taking forward the vision and plan that you created in Unit 5 into your next cycle of learning.

5.3.2 What Have I Learned About My Knowledge?

5.4 Reflection