50 Learning Journal Prompts to Guide Your Learning

As I describe in an earlier post on 5 Ways to Use a Learning Journal, keeping a written record of your learning experience is a great way to remember what you learn. It’s also a way to keep track of your goals and determine what are the best learning strategies that work for you. Keeping a learning journal can be extremely simple—just a notebook with your thoughts—or you can have a set format that you follow on a regular basis. In either situation, you can use learning journal prompts to help guide your reflection.

50 Learning Journal Prompts

  1. Why are you interested in this topic?
  2. How long do you plan on following your learning plan?
  3. How much time will you spend per day/week/month learning this topic?
  4. What do you want to know by your end date?
  5. What do you want to be able to do by your end date?
  6. How will you know that you achieved your goals?
  7. How will you evaluate yourself?
  8. What does success look like to you?
  9. How will you document your goals and your progress?
  10. With whom will you share your goals? How will you share them?
  11. Who will hold you accountable?
  12. Will you take a formal class or will you teach yourself the content?
  13. What do you plan to learn today?
  14. How much time will you spend on learning?
  15. What are the materials that you need to accomplish today’s goals/tasks?
  16. Summarize what you learned today in one sentence/paragraph/page.
  17. What did you do today that worked?
  18. What did you do today that didn’t work?
  19. Was there a time today that left you confused or frustrated? How did you deal with that feeling?
  20. What can you do to prepare yourself for another frustrating experience?
  21. What do you need clarification on? How can you get clarification?
  22. What are your impressions of the learning materials you are using?
  23. How have you used what you have learned?
  24. What has surprised you so far?
  25. What or who has made a significant impact on your experience?
  26. How have other people helped you get closer to achieving your goals?
  27. How have the materials you use helped you learn?
  28. Describe an accomplishment that you will be able to draw on in the future.
  29. What activities have you completed in classes or your own learning experiences? How have these activities helped you achieve your goals?
  30. What has been your favorite experience so far? How has that experience demonstrated your growth?
  31. What are some new terms or phrases that you have learned so far?
  32. How are you progressing with your goals? What would you like to accomplish next?
  33. What’s a problem that you’ve encountered on more than one occasion? How do you use your new skills and knowledge to approach it?
  34. What are some things that you are confused about? Whom can you ask for clarification?
  35. Describe a situation for which you have felt grateful. Who was involved? How did that person’s actions benefit you? What effort did they have to show? Why do you think they took that action for you?
  36. Evaluate your progress with respect to your goals. On a scale of one to ten, how satisfied are you that you put your best effort into achieving your goals?
  37. Share what you have learned with a friend, colleague, family member, or teacher. What feedback do they have for you?
  38. Have you learned anything about yourself during this process?
  39. What have you learned about your learning preferences?
  40. Describe a moment when something “clicked”. How did it happen?
  41. Summarize what you learned in a presentation. 
  42. What questions do you still have after completing your program?
  43. Did you learn anything that surprised you?
  44. What was your favorite experience?
  45. How did your expectations compare to your results?
  46. What are some of the ways that you learned to deal with frustration and confusion?
  47. How do you think that what you’ve learned and accomplished will help you in your educational/professional goals?
  48. What are your next steps?
  49. What will you change for the next phase of your learning journey?
  50. If you were giving advice to someone else who wants to learn this topic, what would you tell them?

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50 Learning Journal Prompts