What do you reflect on?
While you should be reflecting on all your studies, the primary reason behind reflection within the associate degree program is to focus on ‘The Self’ and ‘The Other’ making a link between theory and practice and your personal academic development.
In this kind of reflection, the focus is on YOU. You need to reflect on your experiences to highlight the learning and development you have achieved. You will use your experiences as reflective learning points to inform future events.
For this kind of reflection, you should consider:
What you are learning? | After all that's why you're here.
How you are learning it? | Reflect on how you learn best so you can get the most form the learning experience (Learning Styles
How you are using what you are learning? | By understanding the why you are learning and the value in learning is a fantastic motivator
What your strengths and weaknesses in learning are | Knowing your strengths and weakness can help you identify gaps and areas to focus on. This can be for improving your weaknesses and maximising your strengths
What are your priorities? | There are many aspects to defining your priorities be they career, learning, or personal priorities. You may wish to focus on certain areas to achieve your desired goal. You could be matching requirements for your future career goals
How can you improve and build upon your learning process? | The more you figure out how you learn and what works best for you – the easier you will find your studies.
How well you are working toward your short, medium, and long-term goals? | By setting goals you have establish check points to test your progress and how successful you are in meeting these targets. Use reflection to keep checking your progress and revise your goals if you need to.
How your reflection can inform future practice | Reflection is about improving your future. Use reflection to inform future practice.