The need for self-assessment in the educational process

As part of Police Science Institute’s dedication to the success of its students, one (1) of the vital areas in which we assist involves the necessary matter of “Student Self-Assessment”.   Whether the student is pursuing his / her educational goals by way of conventional, institutional studies, or, in the alternative, by way of online Courses and Programs, the need for self-assessment is virtually the same … it involves the student’s ability to be a realistic judge of his or her own performance.


It may be more in-depth described as “a process by which students a) monitor and evaluate the quality of their thinking and behavior when learning, and, b) identify strategies that improve their understanding and skills”.   In other words, self-assessment occurs when students judge their own work in order to improve overall performance as they seek to identify specific discrepancies between current and desired performance factors.


In order to better fulfill the educational process so that the student may improve (and maximize) his / her educational experience, the focused student should approach this vital process as a concerted effort toward improving his / her own knowledge and recognition over his / her own, personal strengths and weaknesses, traits, propensities and talents.


The process of self-assessment is in fact an essential and highly-constructive method by which to better the student’s educational capacities, and thereafter, for application to job searches, interviews, negotiations and a great deal more.  In most instances, this important process involves BOTH student and Educator / Educational Institution as collaborative “partners”.    The area of Educator / Educational Institution involvement in the student self-assessment process is vast, complicated and complex, but serves to enhance the student’s own, immediate self-assessment efforts.


Most importantly … remember … when conducting any form of self-assessment, obviously the need to be as objective as possible is most vital.    Subjectivity (and not being as “honest” as possible with yourself) will cause the results to be flawed, and, will not be helpful in any manner if you truly desire to improve your educational (and future professional) capabilities.   Bottom line … BEFORE you commence your “academic career”, take time to conduct a complete, honest and objective “self-assessment” in order to better your chances toward success !


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