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Advantages of Independent Learning

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The Syllabis curriculum, workbooks, and study guides have been developed and designed for use by teachers in the classroom, parents homeschooling their children, and more importantly, for independent learners.

What is Independent learning?

Independent learning is a modern form of learning. It has been proven to be effective, convenient, and fast, thanks to the rise of the internet. Nowadays, you can learn how to do almost anything through a simple Google search, by watching a YouTube tutorial, and by simply reading instruction manuals. Self-learning is the new form of learning that is equipping people with skills that are relevant to their daily activities. However, it requires lots of discipline.

Difference between Learning and Teaching

Differentiating learning and teaching is very easy. In direct definition, teaching is giving lessons about a particular subject to a group of learners. While learning is gaining knowledge by studying, being taught and experiencing. Many will assume that teaching is more important than learning, the truth is, learning is more important because it’s the end goal of teaching. Students can learn without teachers, but teachers can’t teach without learners.

Why and how Independent Learning Is Important

What is an independent learner?

An independent learner takes responsibility for their own learning. They are self-motivated and accept that frustration in the present is worthwhile to achieve future success. They are curious and they engage in what they’re learning. Independent learners take initiative. They are good problem solvers, but they also know when to seek help. Independent learners think about and plan. They are intentional with their study and choose the right methods to fit their course. They manage their time and are dedicated to self-improvement. Ultimately, an independent learner understands that they are responsible for their own education. They take charge of their life and accept that no one will hound them to put more effort or time into their own achievements.

Advantages of Independent Learning

In case you are not sure whether this is the best mode of learning, here are some proven advantages.

You Develop Strong Problem-Solving Skills

Independent learning gives you the ability to identify problems and quickly look for effective solutions on your own. This could be from parents’, tutors, the internet or by exploration. Whatever the case, challenges and obstacles do not kill your drive to get things done, instead, they provide you with new opportunities to learn something new at your own pace and time. You get to learn how to actively look for solutions instead of having solutions brought to you. Moreover, you can easily adapt to changes in the environment due to the ability to learn fast.

It is a Stress-Free Learning Process

The process of independent learning places a great emphasis on the process rather than the outcome of the learning. Moreover, there is no pressure to learn the required content within a certain time, with the ultimate goal being the achievement of high grades.

You Gain Other Skills in the Process

When learning, you get to learn other important skills such as time management, self-assessment, and setting your own goals. These are important skills that you can apply anywhere. In fact, people who are good at self-learning have an increased ability to develop other skills as they often have to employ a certain set of skills in order to learn. Finally, self-learners have a strong commitment to tasks, as they learn how to stick to a plan until they achieve their goals.

The Learning Experience Becomes More Meaningful

Self-driven learning comes from a personal desire to gain new knowledge. It is driven by the need to find more information about a topic and use the information for a particular purpose. Therefore, you have a clear purpose of why you are learning, and the information gained is often relevant, making it meaningful. Additionally, you are inclined to search deeper information about a topic since you are not just learning for the sake of learning. Learning now has a purpose and is enjoyable, leading to good results.

Learning is Now Led by Curiosity

A great part of learning is to satisfy some level of curiosity and learning occurs naturally when there is curiosity. This, therefore, means that you will be motivated to learn, and you will get to acquire much more knowledge when the drive comes from within than from outside sources. It becomes an adventure and your capabilities are expanded each time you successfully learn something new.

You Get to Choose Your Mode of Learning

YouTube tutorials, webinars, books, or any other mode of learning is at your disposal when you decide to learn. With all these modes of learning within your reach, you get to choose one that suits you best and one that you find most engaging. You don’t have to stick to one mode of learning just because it is what is available.

How to Successfully Learn by Yourself

Independent learning requires lots of discipline and it can be challenging. However, it can be one of the most interesting learning experiences when done properly. Here is how to go about self-driven learning.

1. Get Ready to Learn

Any kind of learning requires one to be ready to take on the subject because the truth is, there will be challenges and obstacles along the way. Be in the right frame of mind, understand what you want to learn and why this subject is important to you. You will need lots of internal motivation so being ready to learn will keep you on track even when your motivation levels are low.

2. Have Clear Learning Goals

Just like a teacher prepares a teaching scheme which is aimed at helping learners attain different skills and knowledge at the end of a lesson, so should your personal learning. When your learning goals are clear, you will be able to evaluate your progress and whether you have gained any knowledge, and this sets the stage for a fruitful learning process. Additionally, with learning goals, you can be able to create a systematic learning process which will enable you to learn the subject matter progressively.

3. Decide Which Tools You Want to Use

With so many learning materials available, you are spoilt for choice. Depending on the subject matter, there are different resources available for you. Choose one that best suits your learning style and one that will be most effective. The beauty of self-driven learning is that you are not limited to a specific way of learning. The availability of different tools also gives you the chance to learn the same subject from different angles, which makes it easier to grasp the main subject matter.