Becoming Self-Directed Learners

by Patrick Liew on February 28, 2017

As parents, you need to help your children to become a self-directed learner because all major learning revolves around self-learning.

As educator B. J. Zimmerman wisely puts it, “Learning is not something that happens TO students, it is something that happens BY children.”

It’s unfortunate that some parents, educators, and schools do not have a curriculum or drive to help children develop a passion for learning and to learn how to learn.

By forcing the students to absorb content knowledge, they can become gatekeepers rather than gateways help children find motivation, joy and passion for learning and improving themselves.

Fundamentally, it’s important to teach your children that the pursuit of knowledge does not have to be dependent on any person, task, situation or environment.

Self-motivation can be learned and developed. It can be controlled even when they don’t feel like doing anything and even under adverse conditions.

For example, they can learn to develop a healthy conversation with themselves.

Instead of saying, ” It’s hard and can’t be done,” they can ask themselves, “How can it be done?” or “How can I tackle it one step at a time?”

What they say to themselves will influence their attitude, cognition, emotion, and behavior.

By having healthy goals, self esteem, empowering self-talk, and reinforcements, your children can lay the foundation to become a self-directed learner and a pacesetter in the future economy.


I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

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