Reflection and Self-Assessment

Reflection is a crucial component of any learning task. We have good evidence that if you reflect on a task after completing it (rather than immediately rushing to the next task), you will learn more, learn deeper, retain learning longer, and be better able to apply what you learned to future situations.

Self-assessment is related to reflection. Humans are generally not good at self-assessment: often, people either overestimate or underestimate their ability. But improvement depends on accurate self-assessment. When you write this self-assessment, it helps us figure out if you and I agree on your performance.

As a way to get started in your thinking, consider the following questions. In a blog post of 150-500 words, reflect on your own performance in your S1 presentation.

  • What is one thing that you did well in this presentation?
  • What is one thing that you would have liked to do better, and why?
  • Do you feel that you conveyed the information to the audience or made the impact you wanted to make?
  • How did you feel about your delivery?
  • Did working on this presentation help you learn about credibility (your own and that of others)?
  • Do you feel that you learned about the ethics of public speaking?
  • Think about how you will plan, prepare, and deliver future presentations. Do you think you’ll do anything differently? If so, what and why? If not, why not?