Independent Learning

Written by Ingrid Chen
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It's not uncommon for students to be unable to succeed in large social environments. Others may find themselves restless and learning at a much faster pace than a traditional school can provide. Some adults may want to finish a high school degree or obtain a new degree focused towards achieving a career goal. In any of these cases, there are ways to achieve the proper education according to present standards, as well as attaining certain career goals.

As an experienced independent learner, one thing I've learned is to not be discouraged by the difference in learning methods. As a society we are accustomed to medium-to-large class sizes, where individuals may become bored or feel drowned out. With independent learning, suddenly I was in control of my studies. It may take some getting used to, but personally I found the freedom to study at my own pace extremely refreshing.

What You Need to Learn Independently

With the help of distance education training centers, I could receive the same materials and resources as a student in a traditional high school. Independent courses nowadays can provide everything needed to receive the required elements necessary for passing each grade level, graduating with a high school diploma, and pursuing various post-secondary degrees. Every grade passed on one's own is still equivalent to that of traditional schooling.

If you're overwhelmed, restless, or limited to staying close to home, independent learning may be your best solution to completing your education at your own pace. In some cases you can even choose what format you want your resources to be. ESL students in particular find audio-visual equipment especially helpful when studying. One can choose textbooks or digital materials.

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