Exemplar Education is all about self-paced learning – allowing the parents and children on our programme to set their own study plan! What is self-paced learning? Self-paced learning is defined as ‘a specific learning method, in which the learner is able to control the amount of material they consume as well as the duration of time they need to learn the new information properly’. The result of the individual’s ability to process the learning material is often referred to as knowledge retention and it’s an increasingly popular way to learn – a 2017 education survey revealed a 135% increase in remote teaching and learning. Self-paced learning differs from other learning methods because you are in control of what you learn and when you learn it – this can be applied to adults and businesses, but we have found it works incredibly well for young minds! What are the benefits of self-paced learning? Self-paced learning can have some surprising benefits!
- It allows pupils to incorporate movement – getting up and moving around when they wish. This can be a real help for children with a shorter attention span, as it gives them the freedom to get up if they wish and have a break from their studies, before starting afresh.
- It enables pupils (and parents!) to become more organised and prepared for learning – after all the onus is on them to succeed, which can also have a beneficial effect on their self-confidence, once they start achieving and realising they CAN do it!
- Self-paced learning (especially with a system like Exemplar Education) means that pupils can complete tasks and generate results more quickly. This allows for more immediate feedback on tasks completed, delivering a sense of self-belief and confidence.
- According to a study published in the Journal of Memory and Language, pacing yourself may also mean retaining more of what is learnt. This research looked at how successful people were at learning while under time constraints, as opposed to when they were able to control their own study time. When learners took advantage of additional time to focus on more difficult items, they performed significantly better than those who had to obey a time limit!