How to be a Successful Learner

The following is about you as a learner and how you can be more successful.

Be in a positive mind state – be relaxed, be alert, be hydrated, eat healthily and be an active learner.

Connect what you did last lesson with your new learning by asking yourself:

  • what did I already know about this?
  • what would I like to know?
  • how will I use what I know?

Think about the new learning as part of a ‘Big Picture’ and ask yourself:

  • what will I be doing?
  • how will I be doing it?
  • how will I know if I’ve been successful?

Think about your learning in achievable steps and ask yourself:

  • what do I want to learn?
  • what are my objectives?
  • how can I chunk this down into manageable bits?

Input all your senses when learning – try to ‘see, hear and feel’ the new learning by asking yourself:

  • have I understood what I have learned?
  • have I understood how I have learned?
  • what would be a good way to teach someone else?

Explore the learning

  • express and share your ideas
  • re-create the learning in cartoons, diagrams etc.
  • act it out
  • compare new learning with previous learning

Show you know, you understand and can do by asking yourself:

  • what have I learned?
  • what do I know about how to learn?
  • how would I teach this to someone else?
  • what are the most important things I need to remember?

Reflect on your learning by asking yourself:

  • how did I learn?
  • why did the learning strategies work/not work?
Outstanding Effort I work really hard in all my lessons
Attendance/Punctuality I don’t miss any lessons and I’m always on time
Independence I’ll try to work it out myself before asking someone else;

I’m constantly looking for and putting into practice, ways to improve

Behaviour I’m always given praise in lessons and I’m never told off
Homework My homework is always done to the best of my ability
Good Effort I work really hard in the lessons I enjoy and quite hard in the lessons I don’t enjoy
Attendance/Punctuality I don’t miss any lessons and I’m always on time
Independence I’ll think it through and ask friends before asking for help; I’m constantly looking for ways to improve and I’m

trying to put some of them into practice

Behaviour I’m sometimes praised in lessons and I’m never told off
Homework My homework is done to the best of my ability most of the time
Satisfactory Effort I work quite hard most of the time and do what’s expected of me in other lessons
Attendance/Punctuality I’m two or three minutes late to some lessons and I miss the odd day or two
Independence I’ll ask others, probably the teacher, before thinking it through myself

I’m looking for ways to improve

Behaviour I sometimes need to be reminded to stay on task
Homework All my homework is done but I could make more effort
Unacceptable Effort I rarely work very hard in lessons
Attendance/Punctuality I’m regularly late to lessons and I miss quite a lot of school days
Independence I don’t really bother to think things through at all

I haven’t tried to find out how to improve

Behaviour I get told off in most lessons
Homework I often don’t do my homework

 

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Independent learning at Litcham School – student version revised December 2013