Ways to evaluate

There are various techniques you can use to evaluate your work. Some of the best are listed below.

PMI - Pluses, minuses, improvements

A PMI is a graphic organiser that helps you to evaluate your work by viewing it objectively:

  • P = pluses: what's good?
  • M = minuses: what's bad?
  • I = improvements: what can I do better and how can I improve?

To use this method:

  • divide your page into three columns
  • write one letter at the top of each column
  • underneath each letter, write your thoughts about your work.

When you've finished your PMI, you'll be able to clearly see the parts of your assignment that need improvement, and also the parts that you've done really well.

Six Thinking Hats

This method helps you to view your work from six different points of view. You ‘wear' one hat at a time and think about your topic from that perspective.

It's important to focus on one perspective at a time and give it your full attention:

  • White hat = facts and information - Does your work make sense? Is your spelling right? Are your facts right?
  • Red hat = feelings - Do you feel anxious or concerned about your work? Why? Are you happy with it? Is there anything you're proud of?
  • Black hat = Negatives - What's wrong with your work?
  • Yellow hat = Positives - What's good about your work?
  • Green hat = Creativity - Is there anything you could have done differently? Is your work interesting? Unique? Personal? Surprising?
  • Blue hat = Organisation - Do the different parts of your assignment fit together as a whole? Have you answered the question?

In the end it doesn't matter which strategy you choose to evaluate your work. As long as you take the time to reflect on what you've done, you're guaranteed to improve your final product.

Evaluating your work is a personal process. It doesn't have to involve anyone else unless you want it to.