Yesterday we discussed the What is, Why do it and When to do a debrief. Today we’ll talk about what you are trying to get out of it.
Here are four things you should get out of every debrief session.
- You want to know WHAT was neccessary to achieve competence.
By the end of a good debrief you will also understand what was necessary in order to reach competence from the solution. By reading the solution, using some judgment and reading the comments from the evaluation board you should understand what was necessary to reach competence. Did you need to provide two procedures or three? Did you need to tackle four accounting issues or two? Did you tackle the most highly ranked issues? Why were they so highly ranked. The UFE solutions are very good and should give you lots of hints. Alternatively, I know there are marking guides out there, too.
- You want to learn WHY you scored the way you did on each indicator.
You goal should always strive for a Competent (C) score on each indicator. If you scored NA, NC, RC or HC on an indicator you need to know why you did so. For example, if you scored NA, you need to understand why you missed the issue (were you reading too fast? did you not know what the trigger was? or was it a ranking issue?). Determining this will allow you to understand what you need to work on (slow down and outline more carefully, study what the trigger was or determine why it was ranked higher than you ranked the issue).
- You will learn technical.
What a great source of UFE technical the UFE Solutions are. You cannot find a better technical study resource than the solutions themselves, because, they are the solutions! You don’t need to go deep into books and learn everything all over again, the UFE solutions provide exactly the technical you need to know. You will get a good understanding of what level of technical is necessary, and when you think about it, it’s really not as high as some students may think.
- You will have a concrete strategy to improve your next simulation.
The students that have mastered debriefing will improve with each debrief. By understanding why you scored the way you did and what is necessary to score higher you can begin to bridge the gap and move those NA, NC and RC to C. This is the hardest part: you will have to rewrite indicators in a way that achieves competence. Nobody wants to do this part but I believe this is one of the best things you can do to improve. How do you write better cases? You’ve got to write, write and write again.
Share in the comments: What else should you get out of a good debrief?
Continuing debrief week, tomorrow’s topic is step 1 above: figuring out what you need in order to achieve competence.