Have you ever thought "why am I doing this?" or "what am I trying to achieve here?" Sorting out such matters requires time and possibly physical, as well as temporal, space.
PDP, or Personal Development Planning, is a process of systematic reflection and action planning that can help. Essentially, you keep a journal of all the ideas you are developing. By ‘thinking through’ the implications of your own records, you will find it easier to set goals and focus on what you need (such as certain technical skills) and what you want to achieve. This could help you develop your thinking and methodology for your courses, help you select the right modules, and even help you into employment.
Having a PDP makes you feel more in control of your life and your studies, and ultimately this makes you more effective. It certainly gets you more organised. In addition, it gives you a better understanding of how to develop your approaches within your degree course. If you keep a PDP record and occasionally revisit it, you will be more able to express your aspirations and evaluate how they’re going.
"A PDP creates a complete record, while you remember it. This is important in a modular structure, where you do something then move on. The risk [otherwise] is that you lose the sense of continuation; it is quite hard, trying to link it all together in your head." A recent quote from a Warwick student.
For further details visit the Warwick Advantage website