The first step to completing a Student Learning Plan (SLP) is to first identify what areas need to improved and prioritising them based on need.
In this page we will go through three skills audits before compiling an SLP for the term/year ahead.
There are some key trends through all three audits, the two main trends are that there is great scope to use outside influences on the audit and that I have not rated myself as a five out of five in any category.
The scope to use outside influences comes from assessing life skills in a broad sense. For example, under study skills, there is a section on information technology with one item to assess being the use of a computer. I have not used a computer to study for a long time but use one in my daily life…every day for the skills, I believe, are transferable.
I have not rated myself as a five in any category because that would imply perfection or not room to improve. I am a great believer in that there is always room to improve and, while my audits might look like I have little room to move, I am always looking for the next opportunity to improve.
The first skills audit was based on study skills. I have no problems in tell you that having not studied formally (other than the Laws of Cricket) for at least 15 years so there was a fair bit of rust to shake out during term one. This did however, give me a chance to see what worked and what didn’t before completing this audit.
What I learned from this was that I think I am doing OK but there is a lot of room to move. The main areas to improve, as a whole, are critical thinking a writing. I identified developing memory strategies and developing strong lines of reasoning based on sound evidence as two areas. My memory is not all that flash and no amount of Luminosity was able to help. I have taken to hand written notes and the use of a Dictaphone to help get me through. The developing strong lines of reasoning is an interesting one because I tend to go from my gut a lot of the time. Critical thinking techniques learned in term one are helping me to become a better decision maker.
The second audit was on essential skills. These are the everyday skills needed to, well, basically function in 21st century society. They include reading, numeracy, writing, computer use to name a few of the categories.
I like to think that, at the age of 32, I am a fully functioning member of society and rated myself pretty highly. Not in a conceited way, but I am fully aware of my capabilities, the things I have worked to improve, especially in the last three years and what I need to still develop.
To pinpoint something to work on, I looked at conflict resolution. I have, in the past, been guilty of inflaming situations by not thoroughly assessing both sides of the story and I do ten to get emotionally involved. This in itself is a conflict I’m still trying to resolve! On one hand there is the thought that “every emotion has a purpose” and on the other is “emotion by definition is an agitated state of mind.”
The third audit was on professional competencies. These are the skills you bring to a workplace.
Having been both successful and unsuccessful in numerous jobs, too numerous to count!, I can bring the to the table a wealth of experience in how an office works, interpersonal skills, problem solving and problem solving. All the categories in tis audit were marked in the mid to high range based on past experience.
This was probably the most difficult to assess as it’s what you want employers to see, particularly if using WordPress as part of a job application process.
These audits are in introduction to an SLP which will follow with a link below.