Evaluate your readiness to learn independently

Many skills and attitudes towards learning are required for success in an independent study environment.

Consider completing this evaluation on your own in addition to being rated by someone else who knows you well.

Skill or competency:

1.Life skills: Organisation of time and resources in your life, co-operation in working with others, available support network

2.Independence: Autonomy, self-motivation, self-reliance, resourcefulness, initiative, and judgment.

3.“Basic” skills: Literacy, numeracy, graphicity, computer literacy, etc.

4.Information skills: Ability to find information by: using libraries; abstracts; community resources; interpreting data, charts, tables, timetables, etc.

5.Study skills: Organisation of material for projects, note-taking and reading for different purposes, understanding assignment requirements

6.Learning to learn: Awareness of task demands, flexibility, self-knowledge of learning preferences, awareness of learning process, self-evaluation

7.Planning skills: Ability to design a plan of strategies for meeting learning needs, ability to carry out a plan systematically and sequentially

8.Problem development skills: Ability to formulate questions that are answerable through various research activities (projects, library, readings)

9.Analytical skills: Ability to select and use most effective means of acquiring information, ability to analyse and organise information, ability to select most relevant and reliable information sources

10.Communication skills: Ability to write reports, essays, instructions, discourse, display data, etc.

11.Evaluation skills: Ability to collect evidence of accomplishments and have it evaluated, ability to accept constructive feedback from others

12.Completion skills: Ability to identify problem areas, ability to revise work, commitment to completing units and program

Adapted from:

Gibbs, G. (1992). Independent learning with more students. Developing teaching: Teaching more students. Oxford: Oxonian Rewley Press, p.49 Hiemstra, R. (2002).

Physical readiness. measures of ability. complexity of task. health status. gender. Emotional readiness. Anxiety level. Support system. motivation. risk taking behavior. frame of mind. developmental stage. Experiential readiness. level of aspiration. past coping mechanisms. cultural background. locus of control. orientation. Knowledge readiness. present knowledge base. cognitive ability. learning disabilities.