Evaluate Your Learning

During the learning process, we have many opportunities to receive feedback about the quality of our learning and work. In the college environment, this often comes in the form of grades and instructor comments on assignments and exams. By using this feedback to evaluate your learning strategies in light of your goals, you will be able to make adjustments to move you toward your goals in current and future courses.


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Reflecting at the End of a Course

The completion of a term is also an excellent time for reflection and evaluation. With respect to all the courses you took the first term of college, consider the following:

  • What about my exam/assignment preparation worked well?
  • What about my exam/assignment preparation did not work well? What do I want to change?
  • How will what I have learned help me in my upcoming courses?
  • How will I use what I have learned in my future career and other aspects of my life?

By reflecting on feedback and evaluating your learning regularly, you will avoid getting stuck in unproductive patterns. You will contribute to your own ongoing personal growth and development, supporting your success in future courses and other life endeavours.

After you have thought of your term as a whole, consider this course specifically. And consider how you are going to apply what you learned in this course to the rest of your college courses.


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