Learning journals are an invaluable tool for students of all ages. They provide an opportunity to actively explore ideas and concepts, while also helping to reduce anxiety, cope with depression, and improve physical health. Writing down your thoughts can help you gain a deeper understanding of yourself and the external challenges you face. It can also help you communicate better, both on paper and verbally, and improve your writing skills.
Keeping a journal can help students understand themselves better, identify patterns of behavior, consider potential stressors, and analyze their coping mechanisms. It can also help them make positive changes in their lives. The professional magazine becomes part of the student's professional portfolio and all these materials are shared and criticized by my colleagues and by me. As a teacher, I have been pleased with how these learning tools can help students in their personal development and their ability to critically examine new knowledge.
If you're interested in learning more about how to keep a diary as an educational tool, the most obvious place to start is by yourself. Learning something new or different and then reflecting on what that means for a current or expected professional position can be an important outcome. Margie Meacham, “The Brain Lady”, is an academic in the field of education and learning and president of LearningToGo. I recommend Christensens students (198) work in which he describes how a personal diary can be used as a complement to classroom activities. Keeping a journal can help with learning objectives or expected outcomes, such as integrating life experiences with learning efforts, allowing freedom of expression that can be inhibited in a group setting, stimulating mental development, improving progress in terms of new knowledge, and even sowing seeds in terms of future studies or research.
Another useful source is Christensen (198), in which he describes how a diary can be used as a learning tool for adults. In conclusion, learning journals are an invaluable tool for students of all ages. It can also help you communicate better, both on paper and verbally, and improve your writing skills.