“Learning to learn” is the ability to pursue and persist in the act of learning, to be able to organize one’s own learning, through the effective management of time, energy and information, both as individuals and in a group. This skill includes the awareness of one’s learning process, needs and requirements, analyzing, recognizing and identifying the presented opportunities, and the ability and skill required to overcome the hurdles and obstacles with the objective and purpose of learning successfully. This ability and competence mean acquiring, processing, managing and integrating the newly acquired skills, talents, experience and knowledge. Learning to learn engages and helps listeners to build upon prior learning and knowledge and experiences in order to apply those knowledge and skills in vast, wide and varied contexts and scenarios.
Learning to learn is an essential skill and element required to becoming a better learner. Below are some recommendations for those who want to improve, expand and develop their ability to learn.
Most children aren’t born good learners. Yes, a child’s personality does play a part in their willingness to learn and their overall disposition and outlook towards school and education. But most children who are good learners had to, at some point learn how to be good learners. Most children possess the ability and have the aptitude required to becoming a good learner. One of the biggest mistakes that parents and teachers alike often make in regards to developing children is limiting them to the classroom. The classroom may indeed be the primary source of knowledge and intellectual and social growth, but to truly develop, it should grow and extend beyond and outside the 4-walls of the classroom. This will aid in further igniting the desire within the child to learn, and their ability to grow.