New graduates or those beginning new careers are often faced with situations that they did not prepare for during traditional education or for which the solution is not available in a textbook.
Studying for your degree is like going on a journey. Your destination is set, but the roads you take and how you travel is up to you. You may use tour guides to explain the local sights, but for much of the time, you’re on the road. Sometimes your travels take you directly to the next town, and sometimes you stop on the way. Sometimes you have time to prepare and sometimes you rush off to the airport at the last moment.
Your learning journey is personal. It is about your life, about what you want to achieve, and what you enjoy. Use your PEP assessment and what you already know about yourself to guide the way you learn. Work to your strengths, not your weaknesses.
No one knows you better than you do, and no one can make your choices for you. Becoming a lifelong learner requires you to get to know yourself better.
Your lecturers will be there to guide you, but you will discover knowledge for yourself.
Remember your studies are a journey. Just as good travellers listen to others and learn from their experiences, good learners rely on others to offer insights, and occasionally, show them the way. Remember nurses work in teams and with people. Learning from other people, and teaching others, will be an important part of what you do every day.
You might be able to do it all on your own. Chances are, you can’t. Share the load with your travelling companions. Wherever possible, divide up the workload. If you have 4 readings, give each group member 1 to summarise and share the results..
Talk about using social networking tools, etc to help stay connected when not in class.
Understanding self directed-learning
Understanding self-directed learning<br />
Remember when learning was fun?<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/57634636@N00/4516236821/sizes/z/in/photostream/<br />
When you did things your way to achieve a common goal?<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/wwworks/2885861465/sizes/l/in/photostream/<br />
Before learning became like this?<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/imlsdcc/4668966927/sizes/o/in/photostream/<br />http://thescholasticdiary.wordpress.com<br />
Learning can be fun again.<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/webcarnet/2941567708/sizes/l/in/photostream/<br />
“self-directed learning will be the most important taught skill of the future.”<br />Futurist magazine<br />http://www.wfs.org/index.php?q=Forecasts_From_The_Futurist_Magazine 22 November 2010<br />
Self-directed learning may be defined as “developing goals for learning, controlling the learning task, determining learning methodology, monitoring and evaluating progress towards goals, and determining the value of learning tasks in relation to personal and professional skills and knowledge.” <br />
...or, in plain language...<br />Recognising what you already know<br />Identifying what you still need to find out<br />Planning how you will get the knowledge<br />Learning in the way that best suits you<br />Measuring your success<br />
“We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t exist yet, using technologies that haven’t been invented, to solve problems that we don’t even know are problems yet”<br />Shift happens 2010<br />
We can’t teach you everything you need to know<br />But we will show you how to find out.<br />