Sheffield Hallam University's Nursing Department has been seeking to increase students' independence and commitment to lifelong learning. A self-assessment tool was generated to assist students synthesise their individual assignment feedback thereby identifying their year-end performance across six academic writing skills domains. Results are fed back graphically to help students develop an action plan to target their most significant development priorities. The tool also tracks and plots progress over time through periodic re-assessment. Using and building on prior experiences improves motivation self-esteem and self-confidence helping with our aspiration to produce 'world-ready' graduates with the skills and attributes required by today's NHS.