Being a self-directed learner is a hard task for me. I would describe myself as a procrastinator and would do any other fun task before sitting down to work on any assignment. I would also say I’m easily distracted and always find myself leaving an assignment piece to do something else more interesting. Therefore to be a successful self-directed learner I always find myself setting goals and rewarding myself after completing these set goals.
Before I even start writing an assignment I usually go through these steps:
1. Read and highlight the important information regarding the assignment piece
2. Read the criteria sheet
3. Make a list of key points which need to be included in the assignment
4. Research, research and more RESEARCH – I like to do alot of reading before I begin putting down ideas
5. Write down key ideas/points/findings
Once I have completed these steps I am usually ready to begin writing my assignment
1. Start with an introduction
2. Begin writing body paragraphs from key ideas/points/findings
3. Is any additional research needed to back my ideas up? If yes, I go looking for more specific quotes
4. The last thing I always write is the conclusion, and I usually write the conclusion seperately to the rest to make it makes sense by itself as a conclusion is generally a breif summary.
5. I then begin proofreading and editing. I always get another person to help in this stage too as ‘fresh’ eyes are always beneficial – usually my dad is this lucky person.
Then my assignment is ready to submit .
I always reflect on my marks after I recieve an assignment peice back and ask myself, “could I have done better?”.