Knowing how well you did in a certain activity is helpful not only to your improvement but to at least know how some of your learning techniques helped you. No wonder why training programs like in school and even at work have regular sample evaluation, peer evaluation, education evaluation, criteria evaluation, and work evaluation procedures to test your competitiveness, skills, and knowledge. Although these external systems are common, you can also choose to do a self-evaluation.
But unfortunately, self-evaluation techniques vary depending on your field and your purpose. Still, you can determine how well your improvement is coming along all by yourself using common self-evaluation techniques. Some of these use forms, questions, and samples. But all will surely be able to help you.
Here are some self-evaluation techniques you may find helpful in the future. Calling them sample evaluation, peer evaluation, education evaluation, criteria evaluation, or work evaluation procedures is not a problem since most of these can be used in various fields.
- Self-Evaluation Essay. Have you ever written a formal or even informal review of a movie, a stage play, a television program, or just anything? You can use the same skills to write a "review" or evaluation about yourself. This technique uses the same methods as writing a review. First, you will describe the event in an objective manner. Second, raise your positive and negative points and comments about these. And third, suggest things on how you can improve your weaknesses. You can use this for simply evaluating how you handle social relationships. For instance, you have stage fright. And your resolution about it is to challenge yourself to speak in front of many people. After you did that, you can self-assess what you did through writing an essay about it.
- RROQ Self-Evaluation Technique. Reading, recording, observing, and questioning - these are the core foundations of this self-evaluation technique. As its name implies, you will need to read, maybe how people view your performance, to record comments about you by other people and by yourself, to observe your own actions, and to question how good your performance was. The RROQ technique will be clearer if you write down all these stages. But you are not required to write a complete essay. The foundations of this technique will only help you gather information so you can come up with the general conclusion and judge your own actions.
- Partner Self-Evaluation Technique. Instead of working all by yourself, this technique will make use of a partner to observe, assess, and comment about your performance. Along with that will be your own observation about yourself. This technique is common in some Christian fellowship programs. They call their partner their "accountability" and they share problems, enlighten each other, and help each other. This technique can also be used to review for an exam, prepare for a pageant, practice for a performance, or train for a sports event.
- 4-Stage Self-Evaluation Technique. This technique has four steps. First, you need to define the criteria that will be used for judging. Second, applying the defined criteria on your work. Third, ask for feedback. Fourth, devise action plans and goals to improve yourself even more.
Sometimes, it's just amazing that a simple sample, template, form, and some questions can be a big help for your self improvement. Any of these techniques will surely be more helpful as long as you give yourself an honest to goodness assessment. With your honesty, any self-evaluation technique will be the best technique for you.