As we approach the end of Semester One students are reflecting on their learning and achievements to date. This term our discussions in Learning Studies have focused on understanding how we learn and on mindsets and strategies that support us all in achieving our personal learning goals. At the ASMS we talk about developing as self-directed learners, and we ask students to focus on the following four aspects for their end of semester reports.

Motivation – What am I finding interesting in my learning and how willing am I to engage in learning? Do I like having difficult work to do, am I enjoying learning new things, do I find problem solving fun and am I curious to learn more? How can I ensure I remain motivated in what I am learning, what strategies am I using and how effective are they?

Efficacy – How confident do I feel when I am learning something new? Am I comfortable in working out what to do when I get stuck? have I developed my own strategies to use when I come across something new and challenging in my learning?

Effort – Am I taking deliberate and specific actions as a learner to achieve my goals, am I thinking carefully about what I’ve got to do and developing a plan to achieve and meet due dates? Do I set aside specific times for my study and am I following through with my plans?

Reflection – How willing am I to seek and accept advice and feedback from others, how often do I seek feedback, do I learn from my mistakes and how comfortable am I in asking for help when necessary? Do I accept that I can improve as a learner through engaging in self-evaluation and do I understand what I need to do to improve?

These four aspects have been drawn from research and have been used to shape our Learning Studies program and our approaches to designing learning and teaching at the ASMS. As I mentioned in our last info@ASMS, feedback is key to successful learning and supporting students to focus on their development as self-directed learners focuses on four key aspects of learning that can have a big impact on success. I encourage you to talk with your child about their perception of how well they are developing as self-directed learners and discuss what they may be able to do over the coming semester to further strengthen their capacity to be effective and successful learners.