Learning Strategy 7: Self Assessment 

Robert Harris
Version Date: November 10, 2015


As its name implies, Self-Assessment is the practice of testing yourself to see how well you are learning the material you are studying or being taught. You have probably already used one or more kinds of self assessment in the past. This strategy page will give you some ideas about several ways to test your learning, to provide some variety to your evaluations.

Self-Assessment helps you learn in two ways. First, the mere act of going through the materials and creating questions or other assessments for them helps you learn the content. You pay attention, evaluate what is important, select a method of testing, determine the right answer. All these efforts provide learning experiences. Second, of course, you learn by taking the assessment and getting immediate feedback about your performance. The faster the feedback, the more effective it is for learning.

1. Gather Your Study Aids

The first step in the process is to gather the materials and study aids that you want to create tests for. These materials can be put into two general categories.

Primary Materials. These are the full-text, complete information sources you are working with:
Processed Materials. These are the materials you have created, that reduce or alter the primary materials to make them more useful to you.

2. Create a variety of assessments from both kinds of materials.

Testing yourself by using several different methods will help you learn and understand the material better than if you use just one method. Here are some ideas:

3. Use the pre-made assessments available to you.

Most textbooks and most courses have various study aid materials available to help improve student learning. Take advantage of some of these.

4. Take the assessments and evaluate the results.

Assess yourself at regular intervals, such as daily or weekly so you can track how well you are learning. Ask yourself these questions:
Engage in some self-monitoring activity (See Learning Strategy 4: Self Monitoring for more information) by asking some of these questions:

High Performance Learning

Finding a study buddy in the same class to quiz you, evaluate  your learning, praise you for right answers, and share his or her knowledge with you provides many benefits. You'll find that you can study longer and with more interest and motivation than you can by yourself. You'll also gather insights, tips, and other ideas about the subject  you are studying.

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Learning Strategy 6: Mental Rehearsal
Learning Strategy 7: Self Assessment
Learning Strategy 8: The SQ3R Reading Method
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Learning Strategy 10: The Leitner Flash Card System
Learning Strategy 11: Maintaining Interest
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Learning Strategy 14: Idea Mapping
Learning Strategy 15: Drawing Pictures
Learning Strategy 16: Study Cycles
Learning Strategy 17: Sleep and Rest
Learning Strategy 18: Fluency / Automaticity
Learning Strategy 19: Learning Strategy Checklist
Learning Strategy 20: Asking Questions
Learning Strategy 21: Idea Linking
Learning Strategy 22: How to Use a Book
Learning Strategy 23: Active Listening
Learning Strategy 24: Close Reading
Learning Strategy 25: Analogies
Learning Strategy 26: Power Thinking
Learning Strategy 27: Planning for Learning
Learning Strategy 28: Outlining
Learning Strategy 29: Analogies
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Robert Harris is a writer and educator with more than 25 years of teaching experience at the college and university level. RHarris at virtualsalt.com