'I did not realise how useful my reflective diary would
be, I constantly referred to it when completing application forms.......and it
helped me focus my answers for job interviews and provide work based
- Student on GO Wales placement.
- often form a substantial part of the assessment of the work experience,
either directly or indirectly
- are a very useful self assessment tool if used well
in your journal
- Journals are of limited value if you just record activities you have done
while on placement. To gain the full benefit, you need to reflect on the
learning that has taken place
- Spend some time each week on your journal
- Use the opportunity to reflect on both the transferable skills that you are
developing, as well as the course-specific skills you are putting into practice
in the work place
- Reflective practice takes time to learn. Get feedback from your
supervisor/mentor/placement tutor as to how you are going. Use the journal as a
starting point for discussion
- Below are some guidelines as to the questions you could ask yourself when
thinking about your experience.
Questions you could ask yourself to
- In what areas/ situations do you feel you have made progress? Specifically
what have you learned? What strengths can you identify?
- What has contributed to this progress? What have you learned about the way
- What would you do differently next time? What other options were there in
that situation? What would have been the consequences of another action?
- Has another similar incident arisen again and how did you react?
- Think about some events/ situations that have taken place and how you felt
at the time, e.g. confident, tense, frustrated, certain, doubtful etc. Use these
reactions to identify strengths, and areas that need development.
- Have you identified any areas of weakness? Are there potential situations
where you can work on these? How will you go about it? Is more support needed
(from industry/university) to assist development?