Take a break between finishing your work and evaluating it. This helps you assess your work more objectively.
Begin by asking yourself general questions, like:
Have I answered the question?
Does my work meet the assessment criteria I was given?
Have I given evidence to support my ideas?
Is my assignment structured correctly?
Have I edited my work enough?
Is my work interesting?
Then, ask more specific questions, like:
Are there any spelling mistakes?
Does each sentence make sense?
Is there anything I can do to improve my presentation?
Does every sentence and paragraph add to my argument?
PMI - Pluses, minuses, improvements
A PMI is a graphic organizer that helps you to evaluate your work by viewing it objectively:
P = pluses: what's good?
M = minuses: what's bad?
I = improvements: what can I do better and how can I improve?
To use this method:
When you've finished your PMI, you'll be able to clearly see the parts of your assignment that need improvement, and also the parts that you've done really well.
Six Thinking Hats
This method helps you to view your work from six different points of view. You ‘wear' one hat at a time and think about your topic from that perspective.
It's important to focus on one perspective at a time and give it your full attention:
In the end it doesn't matter which strategy you choose to evaluate your work. As long as you take the time to reflect on what you've done, you're guaranteed to improve your final product.