Students may argue that they ‘can’t see the point’ of self-evaluation or study skills. In some cases, this may be because students are used to content-based courses, where rote learning and regurgitation led to success. Although these students may have good grades, they do not necessarily have a good grasp of how to learn more generally. Such students can be very threatened by methods which seem to disrupt a routine that has worked for them. Entrenched habits are hard to break. Others may be worried that they do not have enough skills. Tutors should emphasise that reflection on skills and drawing up profiles are strategies for moving forwards, rather than an exercise in past recrimination.
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