What is Self Directed Learning
Have you ever engaged in a learning process entirely for the sake of learning? Perhaps when you tried mastering any musical instrument or learning a new language. The memories might take you back to your childhood or summer vacations. Unfortunately, because we do not experience a lot of genuine learning in schools.
Self-directed learning as the name suggests is a learning process entirely tailored by the individual as a student. In its true essence, it is about a person taking all the necessary steps needed for learning just out of curiosity.
We are all born curious. But soon the exposure to the materialist education system kills the inborn instinct of curiosity-driven learning. Yes, the education system is great for producing students with a restricted set of skills and no critical thinking. But students lose most of their learning capacity under the rigid and restricted school systems. Where schools and colleges have a confined learning program for all students. To state the fact every student is a unique individual and simply doesn’t deserve to be subjected to the same learning process.
On the contrary, this approach to learning is all about the students who seek to learn. Instead in SDL, there is no curriculum or program, but the student makes one for himself. The efficiency of self directed education programs over others is huge. The learner is always more aware of his end goals and the time he can commit to learning. The education system usually doesn’t take that into account.