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You can validate your learning experience at Free-Ed.Net by maintaining  a learning journal. Everything you study, everything you learn, and how you feel about it should be carefully documented in your learning journal. It is tangible evidence of what you've accomplished and it can be a priceless reference work for future studies.

Learning at Free-Ed.Net is a dynamic, interactive process. It isn't a linear, straight-through process where you simply check off a list of course objectives and try to outguess a few multiple-choice questions. Rather, you get a little here and you pick up a little there. You undergo an exciting breakthrough in understanding one day, then fall into a black hole of ignorance the next. Sometimes you know exactly what you are doing and where you are going. Other times, you are lost and confused. But there is always Free-Ed.Net and the vast content of the Internet to provide the answers or at least the means to your discovering the answers.

Everyone needs a way to keep track of these twisting-and-turning learning experiences to make some sense of it all and maintain a grip on sanity. That's a big part of why you must keep a learning journal for every subject you study.

Another reason for keeping a learning journal is to provide tangible evidence of your participation in the courses. Free-Ed.Net cannot offer valid certification for your work, so it is up to you to build a convincing portfolio of your own. You own Learning Journal is a key element in that portion or your career resume.

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Learning Journal FAQ

What is a learning journal?
Your learning journal is simply a notebook that you use for saving and organizing the work you do for a particular course at Free-Ed.Net.
Where do I get my learning journal?
It is up to you to locate a 3-ring binder or spiral notebook that you can use as a learning journal. Free-Ed.Net does not supply learning journals, free or otherwise. Some courses provide printed exams and worksheets that you can download and print out for your learning journal. But Free-Ed.Net does not provide the basic parts.
What do I record in my learning journal?
You should discipline yourself to put all your notes, written exercises, questions and answers in your learning journal. You should also make some personal notes about your own thoughts and impressions of the course material. You can print out stuff and insert it in the journal. You can mark up your pages, put notes within notes, and draw diagrams. Never study a lesson at Free-Ed.Net without taking some notes in your learning journal. Even if these notes sometimes seem trivial and pointless -- do it anyway. You will be surprised how important some simple ideas will become at a later time.
What do I do with my learning journal when I complete a course?
If you've taken your learning journal seriously, it becomes an important piece of your life. You are a different person when you finish your journal than when you started. There aren't many processes in life that can make such important changes in one's life than learning something new and important. Your learning journal is your trophy, your "certification," for all the work you've done. So keep it. It will mean more and more to you as you journey through your life and career.

 

"This is my Free-Ed.Net learning journal. It shows exactly what I've learned and how I've grown through my learning experience. It isn't very big, but it holds a big piece of me, my life, and my future."

 
David L. Heiserman, Editor

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