‘How can I succeed in my placement?’ Your placement is a crucial part of your social work training - not only will a successful placement set you up to succeed in the rest of your degree, but it is also your chance to experience what real social work practice is like. This practical guide will takes you step by step through your social work placement, guiding you through what you will be expected to do, and helping you to make the most of your placement. You will learn how to apply the theory and skills you’ve learnt in practice, to your own observations as well as to your placement portfolio, and how to gain the feedback you need. The books is packed full of hands-on advice, alongside a variety of learning features: student voices talking about their own placement experiences, chapter checklists, reflective tasks, and potential placement pitfalls and opportunities which demonstrate different ways to approach situations you may encounter on placement.

Getting to know yourself as a learner

Getting to know yourself as a learner
Getting to know yourself as a learner

Chapter 1 will explore you, the social work student, as an individual learner. It will ask you to consider your own learning style in order to support you to understand how to best meet your learning needs. There will be a discussion about motivation to learn, and the need, as an adult learner, to be proactive in utilising your learning opportunities. It will introduce the concept of developing your emotional intelligence by reflection on your own learning needs, including both the strengths that you can consolidate and areas for development, in addition to reflection on the importance of strong emotional resilience, so that you can maximise your learning on placement.

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