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Reflective Practice

Build a habit of reflecting on your practice to help you develop as a learner.

What is reflection?

Reflection is an important part of the learning process as it encourages us to think about our current approaches and to what extent they fit the present circumstances. More formalised, systematic, reflective practice has been used historically in disciplines such as teaching and clinical practice to encourage practitioners to learn from their professional experiences. For instance, educationalists may reflect on the effectiveness of a different form of assessment or method of teaching. Likewise, health care professionals may reflect on the strengths and limitations of interventions in the care of patients.

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Questions to help you explore your approach to learning

Reflecting on your current practices might help you to identify tools/approaches and techniques to continue to use, ways of adapting these tools/approaches and techniques, or consider different ways of studying.

Drawing on a range of reflective frameworks (see Williams, Woolliams & Spiro, 2012), the following questions are intended to guide thinking about what is working for you, what isn't and what adaptations or changes could be tried as we make efforts to keep learning.

Reflective practice

Reflective thinking is a process concerned with encouraging individuals to take time to think about their current practices. This process of reflective practice might be helpful as you pause to think about what study practices you draw on, and why, and which practices require adaptation.