Whether your read this to help your children or yourself, the following traits of a successful lifelong learner are good to study.

Successful Lifelong LearnerSelf-directed learning and lifelong learning aren’t always the same thing. But they do have some overlapping traits. How can you use these points to nurture a successful lifelong learner?

The successful lifelong learner is someone who:

1. Takes initiative

This first one is core to the entire concept of “self-directed.” The successful self-directed learner does not wait for someone else to say “you must learn this.”

2. Is comfortable with independence

Self-directed learners do not always act autonomously or independently. Indeed, increasingly they must cultivate their networks to learn effectively. Nonetheless, successful self-directed learners know how to be self-reliant.

3. Is persistent

Learning takes time, it takes repetition, it takes practice. Successful self-directed learners stick to it.

4. Accepts responsibility

The successful self-directed learner embraces responsibility for doing the work of learning and doing it well

5. Views problems as challenges, not obstacles

The successful self-directed learner embraces a growth mindset and is not easily thwarted when the going gets tough.

6. Is capable of self-discipline

Even when learning is enjoyable (which, for the successful self-directed learner, it usually is), it often requires discipline. The self-directed learner knows (or learns!) how to develop and maintain discipline.

7. Has a high degree of curiosity

Successful self-directed learners have a high propensity for asking why – and lots of other questions.

8. Has a strong desire to learn or change

The successful self-directed learner is intrinsically motivated. She has a will to learnand sees learning as a positive path forward.

9. Is self-confident

Successful self-directed learners have a solid sense of “self-efficacy” – the belief that one is capable of performing in a certain manner to attain certain goals

10. Is able to use basic study skills

As I have said here before, skills like taking notes effectively are useful for a lifetime. The successful lifelong learner knows this.

Continue reading 15 Ways of the Successful Self-Directed Learner on Missiontolearn.com. 

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