Learning Journals Promote Reflective Learning

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.

Check out this handoutLearning_Journals-qx3u17 on learning journals for more information.

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