Hey parents

Does your teen need their hand held when it comes to learning?

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Teaching teens to take responsibility for their own education is one of the best gifts you can give your kids.

No matter what career path they choose or hobbies they pick up, lifelong learning will be critical, and they should know how to find ways to learn new things without having to rely solely on formal education.

Here are some things you can do to help them learn to learn this important life skill.

Strategies and Resources

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 Encourage curiosity and a love of learning

Curiosity drives self-directed learning. Encourage your child to explore their interests and passions. You can do this by discussing various topics, taking them to libraries and museums, and watching educational programs or documentaries together.

If they ask you a question, don't be quick to answer it. Don't be afraid to pretend you don't know. Have them look up the answer.

 Establish a growth mindset

Teach your child that abilities and intelligence can be developed. Emphasize the importance of effort, persistence, and learning from mistakes. This mindset will encourage your child to embrace challenges and see them as opportunities for learning rather than as obstacles.

Celebrate failures as passionately as you celebrate wins.

 Introduce various learning resources

In today's digital age, there are a plethora of resources available for self-learning. Introduce your child to online platforms like Khan Academy, Coursera, Duolingo, and others. Show them how to use resources like digital libraries, e-books, and podcasts.

 Teach goal-setting and planning skills

Help your teen learn to set SMART goals. Teach them how to break down larger tasks into manageable parts and to create a schedule or timeline for completing these tasks.
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 Promote critical thinking

Encourage your child to ask questions, express their thoughts, and engage in discussions. This will not only enhance their understanding of various topics but also develop their critical thinking and analytical skills.
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 Be supportive and patient

Changing from a teacher-directed to a self-directed learning style can be challenging and may take time. Be patient and provide encouragement and support as your child navigates this transition.

 Teach time management skills

Time management is a crucial skill for independent learning. Teach them techniques like the Pomodoro Technique, the Eisenhower Matrix, and the use of digital tools like Google Calendar.
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 Model life-long learning

Show your child that learning isn't just about school, but is a lifelong process. Demonstrate your own curiosity and interest in learning.

 Provide a conducive learning environment

Create a quiet, well-lit space in your home where your child can study without distractions. Ensure they have all the necessary resources and tools they need.
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