Over the past week our Year 11 and 12 students have been receiving their examination results. Depending on their performance, this may be both a rewarding and a confronting time for our students, with the possibility of a wide range of performances across their subjects. Although the result attained is one of the important features of the exams, equally important is the student’s ability to reflect on their performance (be it good or bad!) in order to truly learn from the experience.
As teachers and parents, we can seek to support our students by assisting them in reflecting on their exam performance. Self-reflection is a higher order skill that students may not feel they are equipped to undertake. They may struggle for motivation to embark on this task if they are disappointed, or alternatively not feel the need to reflect if they have performed well, or ‘just scraped through’. Regardless of results, reflection is important as it allows future performance to be improved across the whole spectrum of results.
Listed below are some relevant themes and reflective questions that students may like to use in order to assist in reflecting on their exam performance:
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