In the first days of class we talked about the idea of an academic toolbox, the set of skills you draw on to complete tasks in school (and in the world—academic skills have a wide application). For this assignment, I’d like you to reflect on and take account of the current status of your toolbox. This will serve two purposes:
First, figuring out where you stand will establish a baseline so you can more accurately measure your progress as the semester progresses.
Second, the act of reflecting on your skills pushes them to the forefront of your consciousness where you can more directly consider their strengths and weaknesses and deliberately work to improve them.
So let's get started.
In class we conceived of the toolbox something like this:
Write a reflection discussing the following points. You can discuss this any way you want—for example, by writing a paragraph for each point or by writing a paragraph for each part of your toolbox. Whatever works best for you.
Which parts of your toolbox do you consider strengths? Why? How did these become so?
Which parts of your toolbox do you consider weaknesses? Why? Why do these remain so?
What parts of your toolbox are of particular interest to you at this point in time? Why?
What parts of your toolbox do you think will be most important to your future career and life goals? Why?
What are some specific, realistic things you could do to make your academic weaknesses into strengths?