Independent Learning Strategies

Independent learning strategies help students build knowledge and skills to become self-directed, motivated, and independent learners. They provide opportunities for students to make decisions about their learning, investigate topics of interest in more depth, make discoveries about a new topic, and generate new thinking. In order to be effective independent learners, students must also master time-management and self-monitoring strategies.

The process of independent learning enhances students’ motivation because they are active participants in controlling their learning. Independent learning strategies allow students to select the materials they wish to present and to develop appropriate presentation formats to demonstrate their learning – for example, portfolios and response journals. Independent learning provides students with opportunities for self-reflection – thinking about their own learning and evaluating and revising the material before submitting or presenting their work.

Independent learning strategies work well with the processes of inquiry and research, as students learn to use a variety of research methods and learning resources, structure their research questions, and pursue areas of investigation. The development of logical frameworks and information-seeking strategies involves skills that are transferable to all subjects as well as areas of personal interest. 

Students who develop independent, creative, and critical problem-solving skills can apply those skills to meet current curriculum expectations and will use them in real-life situations throughout their lives.