Successfully returning to a new academic year

How to work and learn independently: extend your capacity to be reflective

Reflective Practice is a method of self-evaluation whereby you assess your own thoughts and actions, for the purpose of personal and professional learning and development.

Tips to become more...

  • Improve your listening skills
  • Pay close attention to interactions with other people
  • Identify other people's emotional states
  • Think about your feelings
  • Think before you answer and give clear answers
  • Think beyond race and ethnicity
  • Ask questions. You learn by asking so don't be afraid
  • Make local connections
  • Pay attention to non-verbal behaviour
  • Exchange stories
  • Keeping a journal and including images
  • Art or sculpture
  • Through drama or forum theatre
  • Through narrative, telling the story of the event
  • Through metaphor such as ‘river’ (see the Kawa Model)
  • Through sound
  • Through poetry 
  • Self-awareness - be aware of any bias or prejudices you hold
  • Question your assumptions and others to see if they are true
  • Integrity - be honest and have strong moral principles
  • Be fair and respectful
  • Be a role model