Reflective Learning

Reflective learning occurs when you engage in deliberately reflective and active self-regulated study. You will learn more if you mindfully reflect on what you are experiencing. The following are some ways to turn passive studying into reflective learning:

  • Set specific, objective learning goals.
    • Begin each learning session with specific goals in mind. What knowledge or skill are you trying to master? What do you hope to accomplish?
  • Plan a learning strategy.
    • How will you accomplish your goal? Make daily, weekly, and monthly plans for learning, then put them into action.
  • Be your own teacher.
    • Effective learners silently give themselves guidance and ask themselves questions. What are the main points? What do I remember? What do I not understand? What do I need to review?
  • Monitor your progress.
    • Reflective learning depends on self-monitoring. Exceptional learners keep records of their progress toward learning goals. They quiz themselves, use study guides, and find other ways to check their understanding while learning.
  • Reward yourself.
    • Reward your efforts whenever you reach one of your goals.
  • Evaluate your progress and goals.
    • Frequently evaluate your performance records and goals. Where do you need improvement? Do your goals need to be revised?
  • Take corrective action.
    • If you do not reach your goals, you may need to adjust how you budget your time, or change your learning environment.

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