How to become a more autonomous English learner

by / Friday, 11 October 2013

What is an autonomous learner?

An autonomous, or independent, learner is someone who takes charge of their own learning. They know their preferred learning styles, are aware of their strengths and actively seek to work on their weaknesses, inside and outside of the classroom, through a variety of activities.

Why is this important?

It is crucial that students are able to communicate as effectively as possible outside of the classroom, when they do not have their teacher to support them. Becoming a more autonomous learner also means that a student is likely to make quicker progress.

How can you do to become a more autonomous learner?

  1. Assess your work, and that of your classmates, before turning to the teacher.
  2. Think about what you want to improve and set achievable goals.
  3. Ask yourself: how do I learn best? For more information on learner styles see this recent blog post.
  4. Keep a learner diary to self-reflect on your progress: what have you learnt well and what has been challenging.
  5. Make your learning fun by choosing activities which suit your personality and tastes: keep up to date with the latest news, listen to insightful talks, meet and chat with new students through our Live Language social programme, catch the newest movies and hang out with classmates and native speakers to relax after a busy day studying.
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