Dive Deeper: Deep Reflection 101
Learn how and when to reflect to help you learn from your experiences at school, on an assignment, working with others or from a challenging experience.
Why should I do this?
- Deep reflection is an important part of the learning process.
- Your academic performance will improve.
- Deep reflection is like going to the gym for your brain, the more you go, the easier it is, and the stronger your brain gets.
When should I do this?
- After an exam or midterm
- When I get an assignment back
- After working in a group
- When I experience a challenge
Deep Reflection Cycle
Presented in a Cycle
1. Describe: questions to ask yourself
- What happened?
- Who was there?
- What did they do?
- What did I do?
- When did it happen?
2. Explore: questions to ask yourself
- Why did this happen?
- Did I make assumptions?
- What errors did I make?
- What did I do well?
- Has this happened before?
3. Solve: questions to ask yourself
- What can I do differently next time?
- How can I improve?
- Do I need outside help?
- If so, where do I get it?
- What steps can I implement?
4. Apply: Steps for improvement
- Implement steps for improvement
- Use outside help if needed
Deep reflection is an ongoing process; you may need to go back through the stages in a different order to achieve results that work for you.