Independent learners can take accountability for their learning. These are students who can take initiative and make good decisions. Developing independent learners is important to help students advance in their academic performance and stay motivated.
Independent Learning is important because it develops creativity and intellectual curiosity. It is basically about pupils being active rather than passive. It is about them working out the answers rather than being told them enhancing their critical thinking. Parents should encourage the following characteristics: curiosity, passion, inspiration, discernment, self-motivation, self-examination, accountability, critical thinking and persistence.
The paybacks of independent learning for students include:
Enhanced academic performance
Improved motivation and confidence
Increased chances to be creative and intellectually creative
Fostered social inclusion and countered unfriendliness from peers
Amplified opportunities for completing differentiated tasks, set by the mentor
Following are the tips for encouraging students to become independent learners
1. Offer self-monitoring opportunities
Encourage your students to self-monitor by helping them develop their use of self and peer assessment to see whether the strategies they were using were effective for achieving learning goals.
2. Develop communication skills
Guide students to develop communication that includes language focused on learning to become more aware of the stages involved in learning, to understand their learning style and helps them share their thinking.
3. Develop effective classroom
The teacher must develop effective classroom discourse, asking higher-order, open-ended questions, responding flexibly to students’ responses to promote thinking, problem-solving skills and deeper understanding.
4. Encourage students to set their learning goals
Students will replicate their interests and preferences and take ownership of their learning; this will make your students feel empowered and in control of their learning.
5. Boost collaboration
Giving students regular opportunities to complete small-group tasks and encourage them to learn from each other and progress their ideas.
Independent learning develops the ability of the child to think logically. It assists them to give productive and self-regulating outcomes.