PROMPTS for END-of-SEMESTER REFLECTION
- A friend asks if he/she should take this course. Would you recommend it?
What would you say students need to do if they want to do well in the
- If you were to take this course again, would you do anything
differently? What and why?
- Think about your the first semester of your junior year (elective
courses, graduation requirements, extracurricular activities, special
events, etc.). Identify the three most important lessons you learned, say
how you learned them, and what those lessons will contribute to your success
in subsequent courses and in your life after Barlow.
- Which aspect of this course has been the hardest for you so far? What
study strategies did you use that didn’t work? If you were to repeat this
course or take another one like it, what other study strategies would you
- How quickly do you give up on something? Say it’s a problem. How long do
you work on it before you decide you can’t do it? What strategies do you use
when you’re stuck? Take a problem on a recent assessment or assingment that
you couldn’t do and list all the things you tried. If you could ask three
questions about the problem (other than how do you solve it), what would you
- Say, for example, you don’t think you’re any good at analytical essay
writing, or that you can’t research or draw, what happens when you have to
do these things? Does what you believe about yourself as a learner have any
effect on how you perform?
- Have you ever learned something you didn’t think you could learn? What?
How did you feel once you had learned it?
- What’s the relationship between natural ability and hard work? Can you
still learn things for which you don’t think you have much natural ability?
Can hard work overcome natural ability deficits? Be specific and provide
- If someone asked, “What kind of student are you?” How would you answer?
“What kind of student would you like to be?” Could you list three specific
things you are doing to become the student you want to be? What would you
- You are applying for your dream job or to your dream college. The
interviewer says, “I see you’ve taken American Studies . What were the most
important things you learned in that course?” How would you respond?
- The interview continues. “Students learn lots of content in school. They
also have the chance to develop some important skills. What skills have you
developed in college? What courses and experiences contributed to that
development?” What would you tell the interviewer?