A Learning Journal is a collection of notes, personal observations, thoughts and ideas built-up over time to help us reflect on our learning, work and study. Its aim is to reflect on our learning by writing and thinking about our experiences. Your learning journal is personal to you and will reflect your personality, style and ideas.
Why use a learning journal?
- To record your growing understanding of a subject experience.
- To show how your learning is developing.
- To help shape your thoughts and ideas throughout your learning experiences.
- To help you identify your strengths, areas for improvement and preferences in learning.
Remember your journal helps you to reflect on your learning, this means it’s not a purely descriptive list of what you did but a chance to communicate and record your thinking process: how and why you did what you did, and what you now think about it when you look back – what can you do to improve?
What should you write about?
- What was your ‘Learning Objective’? e.g. I was learning to …
- What was your understanding of the lesson or learning experience?
- What resources helped you understand and/or were interesting to use?
- How you feel about the way you approached the subject/topic so far?
- What do you need to know more about, and how can you go about finding out more?
- How can you improve your learning, thinking and how you work for next time?
Finally, at the end of the year, explore what new knowledge, skills or understanding you have gained during the process of writing your journal.