Three Ways A PC Helps Your Students Become Independent Learners

The daily commute to and from school

A whole day of classes

Extra-curricular activities

Tuitions

Group projects

Homework

Some play time in between

And then finally independent study

That’s your typical students’ schedule during the school week...

Needless to say, independent study is the most important but often given the least amount of time as children are just too tired from the day and keep it to the last minute.

So, what can you do to help your students?

1) Let Them Explore What Interests Them

At the end of class, ask your students what interested them the most out of what you just taught them.
Go on to set research on that specific topic as homework to cultivate the new-found interest even further. This will work for all ages and subjects. Furthermore, encourage your students to make the most of Wikipedia, Quora and Google Scholar to dig deep into the subject matter and present it in class next time!

2) Include DIY Projects

Instructables [1] offers a wide range of projects which can be useful for students to get the hang of concepts and connect everything taught in class by you to real life. To take it one step further, get your students to share their learnings as an essay, presentation or a short video so you can keep track of what they’re learning. You may have noticed that independent study and homework are inter-connected. The more out of the box and engaging the homework is, the more your students will feel interested and like the subject!

3) Encourage Mind Mapping

The mind mapping process begins with a core theory or an idea, branching out to different ideas and thoughts. This study method will enable your students to understand and absorb complex information taught to them in class once they reach home. To create easy-to-use digital mind maps, get your students to experiment with MindMeister [2] and Mindmaple [3] at home and share their maps in school with friends. You can even turn the entire activity into a competition to get your students really amped up.

Rote learning chapter after chapter has become part of our learning culture, together it is possible to change it over time.

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  • Aarambh is a pan-India PC for Education initiative engineered to enhance learning using the power of technology; it is designed to help parents, teachers and children find firm footing in Digital India. This initiative seeks to connect parents, teachers and students and provide them the necessary training so that they can better utilise the PC for learning, both at school and at home.