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Critical reflection for assessments and practice

How to critically reflect?

"It is on the strength of observation and reflection that one finds a way. So we must dig and delve unceasingly."

Claude Monet


A helpful way to approach critical reflection is to use it as a tool to build on your current practice. It enables you to carefully examine an experience to gain better understanding, to make connections and identify your key strengths and areas of further development. To look at things that didn’t succeed and to use failure to better inform future practice. And that can be difficult. Particularly when you need to reflect on mistakes or when the intended, desirable outcome wasn’t achieved.    

Questions and models

Critical reflection takes practice and time to become part of your skillset. The easiest way to get started is to either use prompt questions and models to help you critically reflect on your actions, thoughts and feelings.