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To understand ourselves better it is helpful to consider situations which have been challenging and to analyse our performance – then we can learn from our mistakes and improve next time!



Thinking about our experiences and questioning our behaviour is important for learning in Higher Education, and helps to improve grades as well as develop a more professional approach.

It is the ability to look back and make sense of experiences in order to repeat what worked well and avoid what went badly. Thinking reflectively helps you to:

• Understand how you are learning and using that learning
• Identify, while in a situation, the best action to take
• Recognise your strengths and weaknesses, and how you can improve
• See how far you are achieving your goals, and what the barriers might be
• Consider how you could fill any skills or knowledge gaps
• Increase self-awareness and personal effectiveness


Keeping reflective notes: a learning log/blog considers:

  • Achievements, progress with tasks (professional or study), sources of satisfaction, recent learning, feedback from others, strengths. New opportunities, reasons for success, ideas for the future

  • Problems/difficulties that need managing, sources of discontent, weaknesses, missed opportunities,  reasons for failure, needs for development.
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    Writing this down helps clarify these thoughts and focus ideas for action




    Task 9: Critical reflection on events


    A mini project funded by the HEA Engineering Subject Centre