What you need to know about Self-Directed Learning
Self-directed learning is a process where an individual takes responsibility for and control of their learning. Self-directed learning is not a new trend in education. It can be traced to the early works of Aristotle and Socrates in their studies on cognitive development.
Scholarly studies have shown that by integrating both past and present experiences based on personal interpretations and subject matter, students will most effectively learn.
When we hear self-directed learning we often wonder if students can engage in it and if it is going to be supervised or not. You do not need to worry because Students Parents/guardians and Teachers/Instructors all have their roles to play in self-direct learning. One of our affiliate University has divided these roles into 2:
Source: University of Waterloo
Here are 5 steps to help students engage in self-directed learning:
Step 1. Discover areas which you need to cover; could be a new area of study or difficult subjects.
Step 2. Take away doubts and start trusting in yourself, be confident in your ability to learn.
Step 3. Find out your study style and devise means of motivation.
Step 4. Divide your study time, between theory and practical learning.
Step 5. Set goals and evaluate yourself.
During difficult situations, for example, school closure. We must encourage young adults to continue learning, and support students to keep studying without been distracted (Learn more). This will enable them to set ambitious career goals, achieve academic excellence and great success.