1. Selecting and Planning
There are a number of basic questions, which the student needs to ask herself/himself when setting out to plan her/his Student Task. The student should consider and have answers to the following questions before embarking on the Student Task. As the Student Task progresses, the student may need to revisit and reconsider their initial answers to these questions.
- What do I think my Student Task is going to be about?
- Why have I chosen this Student Task?
- What course/s is the Student Task based in?
- Will it be an individual or group Student Task?
- What parts of the Student Task do I think I will be good at?
- What parts will I need help with?
- What teacher is going to take a special interest in my Student Task?
- What do I hope to learn from doing this Student Task?
- Who have I discussed this idea with?
- What do I already know about my Student Task idea?
- What else do I need to find out about this idea?
- What skills do I need to develop?
- How will I get this information and/or develop these skills?
- Who are the people I need to talk to and/or write to?
- Are there places I need to visit?
- Are there things I need to see?
- What materials and equipment do I need and how much will these cost?
- What other courses in particular can contribute to the completion of the Student Task?
- How am I going to present this Student Task?
If the student is involved in a group task then there are other important questions they will need to answer.
- How many students are in my group?
- Who exactly is in my group?
- What is each member of the group good at?
- What is each member of the group going to do?
- What are the details of what I am going to do?
- Do I have a good understanding of the whole task?
- Am I clear how my contribution fits into this group task?
- Are we going to work well together?
- Have I enough to do?
- Which parts of our finished group task will be similar and which will be different for the individuals involved?
Time management is an important aspect of undertaking a Student Task.
- Among the questions that the student should ask in relation to this are
- How much time do I have to do this Student Task?
- Am I taking on too much or too little in the time I have available?
- What is my starting date?
- What is my completion date?
- Can I produce an outline of the order and expected completion
- dates for the main parts of my Student Task?
- Do I have a checklist to keep me on track?
- How am I going to get started?
- Who is the teacher offering me advice and guidance in relation to this
- Student Task and what dates have I arranged to meet her/him?
- Have I a list of the things I need to get and by when?
- What will I do if I can’t keep to my time/planning schedule?
- What could slow me down or distract me from doing this Student Task?
If I am working on a group task…?
- Will the group hold planning meetings to monitor progress?
- When and where will we hold them and how many will we have?
- How will decisions be made?
- Will I have an equal say in these decisions?
- How will we be sure that we finish this Student Task on time?
- What methods am I using to get my information or to show what my
- Student Task is about?
- What special equipment and/or materials am I using?
- Do I need permission/supervision to use/handle the equipment I need?
- Am I keeping everything in a safe place?
- Am I keeping to my plan/schedule?
- Am I monitoring my progress carefully?
- Can I make decisions on my own or do I need to consult with somebody?
- Can I identify anything else I have learned to help me make decisions about my Student Task?
- Have I considered a number of possible solutions for any problems
- I come across in my Student Task?
- Have I included lots of my own ideas?
If I am working on a group task…
- How are we going to solve problems in the group?
- What other skills have we got that we can use?
3. Recording and Cross-Curricular Applications
- Will I use a diary or logbook or some other method to record everything that I have done?
- How will I record what I have found out?
- Will I produce any drawings, plans, videos, photographs, product etc.
- that will form part of my Student Task?
- Will I include copies of all the letters I sent even if I have received no reply?
- Will I include copies of interviews, questionnaires etc?
- Have I provided a list of the books, their authors and the publishers that I have consulted or looked at?
- Have I included an index at the start of my report to show the different sections?
- Do I want to acknowledge anyone’s help?
- What other Leaving Certificate Applied courses did I use to help me complete my Student Task?
- What did I take from these courses to help me complete my Student Task?
- Was it a skill, information or idea?
- Is there any other way I could have used these courses in my Student Task?
- Are there any other courses I could have used?
- Have I made reference to these courses in my report?
If I am working on a group task…?
- Is everyone clear about what they have to do and their part in the
- Student Task overall?
- Are our meetings going well?
- Am I making worthwhile contributions to the meetings?
- Are my ideas being taken on board?
- Are we on schedule?
- Are we working as a team or is everybody going their own way?
- Are we talking to each other and sharing our ideas and experiences?
4. Reviewing and Evaluating
- What did I learn from the information I collected/the production I was involved in/the product I produced/the action I took for this Student Task?
- How did this compare with what I hoped to learn at the beginning of the Student Task?
- How well did I keep to my plan?
- What did I enjoy most about doing this Student Task?
- What did I dislike about doing this Student Task?
- Which parts did I do well and why do I think I did these well?
- If I have made something, is it safe to handle and of good quality?
- Did anything take longer than expected?
- Which parts were particularly difficult and which were easy to do and why?
- If I was doing this Student Task again, what could I improve on?
- How helpful were people in giving me information, showing me how to do things etc?
- Did I encounter any unexpected obstacles in completing the task?
- How did I overcome these obstacles?
If I am working on a group task…
- Was I happy with the task that I had to do?
- What contribution did I make?
- How did our team get on?
- How well did I work as part of a team?
- What were the good things about being part of a team?
- How well did the whole task come together?
- If I was going to work in a team task again, would anything need to be changed in the way we worked together or divided out the jobs?
- Would I like to keep the job/role I had or would I change it for another or for something that wasn’t thought of at all?
- How clear am I, and how clear is my presentation, on who did what?
- Overall what did we learn as a group?
5. Presenting and Communicating
- Does my report include the following sections?
- Name of my Student Task
- My aim(s)
- My plan
- What I found out and what it means if my Student Task was an investigation
- What I made and how suitable it is for its purpose if my Student Task was a product
- The event we staged and how it turned out if my Student Task was an event
- The action I took and how effective it was if my Student Task was an action
- The service I provided and how effective it was if my Student Task was a service
- What I did and what I thought about it if my Student Task was a personal reflection
- What I think of my work on the Student Task
- What other courses helped me with my Student Task
In terms of presentation of my report/portfolio
- How neat and attractive is my presentation?
- Is everything orderly and in the right place?
- Can I use the computer to do parts of my Student Task report e.g. text, charts etc.
- Have I written the report in my own words and not copied chunks from other students or from books or the Internet?
- Is my report easy to read?
- Can I include any other material to make my Student Task easier to understand?
- Have I put too little/too much content into my report and portfolio?
- Have I kept my report separate from my diary/log/portfolio?
- If I was part of a group task, have I got a good understanding of the whole task and can I describe what I did in particular?
- Can I talk about teamwork?
At the interview
- Do I know enough about my Student Task to be able to discuss it with the interviewer?
- Can I explain why I choose this idea for my Student Task?
- Can I talk comfortably about each section of my report?
- Can I talk about the knowledge I have gained?
- Can I talk about the skills I have used to complete this Student Task?
- Can I talk about any changes I had to make or any problems I encountered?
- Can I suggest any changes that I would make if I were to do this Student Task again?
- Do I know what I have used from other courses to help me complete my Student Task?
- Can I describe how this Student Task brings together a lot of what I have learnt from doing the Leaving Certificate Applied programme?
- Do I have any ideas of how this Student Task could help me in the future?