College & Career: Test yourself!
Essential for reaching personal and professional goals to be accountable in every area, recognizing you are not perfect is crucial, and an important driver for personal, professional and academic excellence. This is especially important for students that are learning to gain independence in all areas of life.
Self-assessment is really important. Regardless of where you come from, no matter the degree of your success, no matter your income level, teachers are going to be grading your work, there are grades at stake, whether you see it or not.
This leads me to my next point. What goes unsaid is this: not every student is capable of stepping outside the classroom to pick a different picture and expectations. This is simply untrue.
A student may find it easier to work around their writing test during class time or to change or drop exams before the end. This, however, should not have been possible. Self-assessment could be a good practice, but it simply cannot compete with the field of work they do outside of the classroom.
This is because the rules of accountability are different for each entity.
It does not make the work any easier, it just takes it somewhere else – a workplace where your skills and abilities can be evaluated – and put it out in the field.
It should be expected in all fields, including education, that there are rules for accountability, and an external environment where you can let your curiosity and individual imagination be out in the open and find out your strengths, which may be more than you realized.
However, the rules of accountability are for each entity separately. In education, the rules are the same as any profession.
The rule for teachers is that you can only assume knowledge when you have learned it and understand how to apply it.
Likewise, the rule for researchers is that you know you know your subject if you can recite paragraphs from every book, publication, lecture and debate. You can only do this if you can supply documents to support your claims.
These two rules are the same everywhere. The only differentiator is the context, the level of the tasks, the mission the task has, and the opportunities to test it out.
In addition, the participants of human team work identify their weaknesses in the workplace, as might the worker. The test scores and assessed results relate back to these groups.
In summary, the basics of how to self-assess are simple:
You need to learn how to do it yourself in a safe and responsible environment.
You need to do it without everyone else judging you.
You need to decide on what should matter most to you.
You need to figure out your strengths and weaknesses.
Remember that the purpose is not to be recognized by others, but to discover and master your own strengths.
You should begin to think about your self-assessment every morning.
If you need help, ask your friends, teachers or classmates. Most people will want to help a friend learn new things. So the second step to self-assessment is recognizing that it is your work to learn it.
Let me close by saying that although this article is for the all students, I also encourage parents, supervisors and students to be aware of the principles. Their outcomes are the same.
After the hard work is done, congratulations to everyone who fulfilled their goals.
Keep your focus and inspiration and stick to the basics of self-assessment and face the test of evergreen knowledge.
(Ki Sung is a Tokyo based motivational speaker and an educator. He enjoys writing for Ki Sung Thoughts and learns as much as he can in order to maintain the best of himself and the benefit to others who join his journey.)
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