|As a college student, Faye is completing their diploma in hopes of finding a rewarding job. They know that a college education will place them in the path to a rewarding livelihood, but juggling college and distractions at home puts many different demands on their time. Faye is dedicated, but they spend a long time studying. Their mediocre grades are discouraging given the effort they have put in.|
Faye has not realized that her time can be more effective. Learning to direct time and energy to the most productive ways of studying and learning will result in a more rewarding learning experience.
Self-regulated learning describes the process of taking control of and evaluating one's own learning and behaviour (Zimmerman, 1989). A self-regulated learner monitors, directs, and regulates their actions towards goals of learning.
Proactive learning is a cyclic self-regulating process: a) set goals and plan to learn strategically (forethought), b) self-control and self-observation (performance), c) self-reflect and self-evaluate (Zimmerman, 2002).
Online courses are not an easier way to learn, but rather a more convenient one. To learn successfully online,
You should also keep in mind that your program and instructors expect you to
You can loan out laptops from the school. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your request. Make sure you find resources for troubleshooting. Programs/apps usually have their troubleshooting support on their website, you can watch videos on how to use programs.
Stick to you plan so you do not fall behind in class.
You may not get to ask you questions during a live lecture, but do not hesitate to contact your instructor. Build a relationship with your online instructor to avoid misconceptions and clarify problems. Seek help from the Learning Centre:
Click on the following links to find out how to access each service:
You can watch live lectures again with a classmate. Pause lectures periodically and ask each other questions to help you clarify problems, or check for understanding. You can test each other by creating questions.
Regular revisions help improve your memory and also help you better understand what you are learning. Use flash cards, quiz yourself instead of highlighting and copying notes word for word.
Your performance will decrease if you are feeling tired or frustrated. Integrate some personal time into your study routine. Go for a walk or a quick breathing exercise to clear your mind.
Online learning doesn't mean isolation. Connect with your virtual classmates through the class forum. Create new ways to connect (e.g., a social media class group, study groups) to engage in new ideas and depend your understanding. Check that your writing is complete and clear before posting to avoid misunderstandings and tone mishaps.
Ask yourself critical questions.
Answering such questions and finding the answer tailored to you will help you re-plan your study schedule. Self-reflection can occur after every class, day, or week. Your study schedule will change. Continual self-improvement is a process that will help you achieve your goals.
Zimmerman, B. J. (1989). A social cognitive view of self-regulated academic learning. Journal of Educational Psychology, 81(3), 329–339. https://doi.org/10.1037//0022-0618.104.22.1689
Zimmerman, B. J. (2002). Becoming a self-regulated learner: An overview. Theory into Practice, 41(2), 64–70. https://doi.org/10.1207/s15430421tip4102_2
What is Self-Regulated Learning? by Matthew Cheung. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.