Tips to develop skills for self-directed learning
- Use a time / task calendar
- Break up a project into small manageable tasks
- Write a learning plan (or learning contract)
Steps: write out briefly the four essential components of your learning
- your objectives
- your process and resources
- your target date
- your standard for evaluation
- Use Support Systems
- Be willing to ask your professor for help
- Ask classmates or colleagues
- Use online help
- Contact the university's support services
- Seek a mentor
- Know your best learning settings
- Do you need direct, in-person contact and facilitation?
- Do you need a quiet, undisturbed setting for study?
- If you cannot be in your best learning environment, have strategies to adapt to the environment that you have
Reference: Guglielmino, L., & Guglielmino, P. (2003). Becoming a more self-directed learner. In G. Piskurich (Ed.), Getting the Most from Online Learning: A Learner's Guide. West Sussex: John Wiley & Sons.
Toodledo: Online "to-do" list with organizing capabilities
Evernote: To capture (notes, reminders, websites), organize and search
Delicious: Store, tag, search and share your bookmarks
Dropbox: Allows you to sync your files online and across your computers automatically.
FreeMind: A free mindmapping tool