Why journal? Because it helps us learn

It improves conscious learning & reflection

“The LJ pushed me to look for ways I could actively improve my work.
It made me search for methods I could employ to achieve my learning targets.”

It increases motivation

“Through the LJ, I became aware that I actually wanted to do certain assignments,
rather than mindlessly completing them before the deadline.”

It personalises interaction with professors

“The LJ allowed me to take risks on assignments as I could communicate my motivations and choices
directly to my professors. I appreciated this aspect of personal interaction.”

It de-centers grades as motivation

“The LJ helped me focus more on what I wanted to get out of my education and less on just letter grades and my GPA.”

How do we learn?

We view learning as the transformation of experience into knowledge or skill.
This can mean developing mastery, such as learning how to beat your clever cousin at chess or juggling four balls at the same time.
But it also includes a much broader form of learning through self-actualisation, or Bildung: freely exploring and developing a life of the mind.  

How do we learn better?

Through self-regulated learning! That means managing and directing your own learning process. Think of it as getting in the driver’s seat and taking the steering wheel, instead of sitting in the back and going along for the ride.

 The learning cycle is our model for self-regulated learning: a continuous virtuous cycle that involves setting goals, practicing deliberately, receiving feedback, and processing lessons.  

We create tools to help you develop these learning-cycle skills, with a special focus on journaling.

How Journals helps us learn

Writing helps you think better.  

Our TLM tools help you combine the power of writing with that of the learning cycle. They help you create your own learning journals: personal documents in which you regularly reflect on your goals and feedback.  

Learning journals help you improve self-regulated learning – it hands you the steering wheel to your own learning process. You can then direct it to develop higher levels of mastery of a particular skill or subject, or to explore your intellectual self in other ways (Bildung).

Of course, journaling has all kinds of other benefits (and here), from improving communication skills to helping you sleep better. Once you get into it, it might just be the best habit you have ever taught yourself!