The end of the year is always a time for reflection, especially if you are on holiday and are spending time catching up with your family and friends.
Its often when we have to answer the question ’so what have you been up to?’ that we start to think about what we have achieved for the past year.
Thinking back or reflection is an important component of learning and many universities regard it as an essential study skill. It’s also an important life skill.
In a brochure about reflection, the Queen Margaret University of Edinburgh says: "the more we reflect consciously, and make time to do it, the more reflection can become a useful habit that guides and informs what we do next."
The University says reflection or deep thinking involves a mixture of elements such as:
1. Making sense of experience
2. ‘Standing back’
4. Deeper honesty
5. ‘Weighing up’
8. Making judgements
So how are you going to reflect on your past year? Look at the advice from the Queen Margaret University brochure and your answer to ’so what have you been up to?’ may help you plot your course for 2008!