Reflection for students in assessment tasks is vital – too often they are only focused on their mark and not what they have learnt. There are many strategies out there, but this is the one that I have developed: TRUCKS
Go through your assessment and next to each question, write one of the following letters:
T: I got this question wrong because of TIME
R: I got this question wrong because I didn’t READ it properly
U: I got this question wrong because I didn’t UNDERSTAND it
C: I got this question CORRECT
K: I got this question wrong because I didn’t KNOW how to do it
S: I got this question wrong because I made a SILLY mistake
Count up how many of each letter you got, then answer the following questions: What did I do well? What could I improve? What will I do now?
This mnemonic has been used in a number of variations in my school, and has become an easy yet effective way for students to reflect on their assessment after it has been marked.