Tips On How to Be an Independent Learner. Part 3

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See parts 1 and 2 here and here

  • Don’t be shy to ask your teacher if you have questions.
    • Asking questions is a sign that you accept responsibility for your learning, that you’re curious and interested in the subject – teachers love that!
  • If you need help, ask for it.
    • Life can get too busy and complicated for you to handle everything on your own. You may need help not only with your learning but also with other things, e.g. house chores, childminding etc. Feel free to ask your tutor, your family and friends, other students, online and offline.
    • You’ll be surprised how much people love helping others.
  • If you face a setback, ‘pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and back in the saddle’ (Shakira)
    • Learning is not a linear process. You may expect it to be like a smooth upward curve but in reality it’s pretty messy with ups and downs and plateaus, twists and turns and even U-turns. So don’t despair when things aren’t going the way you’d like them too. To cheer yourself up, read success stories, listen to inspirational TED Talks, use the power of positive affirmations, or find people that motivate you to carry on.
    • Remember: if others succeeded, then you can too.
  • Enjoy your learning journey and have fun!

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