A learning journal may be called several different things: a learning log, a fieldwork diary or personal development planner, for example.
Why use a learning journal?
- To provide a ‘live picture’ of your growing understanding of a subject or experience.
- To demonstrate how your learning is developing.
- To keep a record of your thoughts and ideas throughout your experiences of learning.
- To help you identify your strengths, weaknesses and preferences in learning.
Essentially, a learning journal helps you to be reflective about your learning, this means that your learning journal should not be a purely descriptive account of what you did, etc., but an opportunity to communicate your thinking process: how and why you did what you did and what you now think about what you did.