Self-evaluation is a key part of formative assessment and enables students to develop independently while recognizing their own progress and performance. Getting your students into the habit of carrying out self-evaluation and reflection exercises will be extremely beneficial throughout their education and equip them with self-awareness skills early on. A few simple exercises at the beginning or end of each lesson can help them to reflect on what they have learned, let them see where they should focus their attention,  allow them to overcome stumbling blocks, and let them set their own goals. It is also beneficial for teachers to see how their students learn in class so that they can find ways to enhance this process for them.

We’ve put together an evaluation sheet to help your students evaluate what makes them learn best. It can either be carried out as a graffiti style activity with a few sheets placed around the room for students to fill in, or carried out as an individual activity allowing students to sit quietly and reflect.

(This is an adaptation of an activity proposed by Barbara Goza in the Journal of Management Education.)

Download the PDF version here.



This is just one example of a self-evaluation exercise but if you want to make this a regular activity, how about trying some of the following:

  • Quizzes (Check out Quickfire to see how you can create your own interactive quizzes)
  • Peer-to-peer dialogues (Check out Discuss and see how students can comment on each other’s responses)
  • Getting students to keep a learning journal or learning log
  • Getting students to measure their progress and achievements against a checklist
  • Getting students to correct their own work and identify strengths and weaknesses

How do you get your students to self-evaluate? Share your ideas by tweeting us at @SpiralEducation – we would love to hear from you!