Mothers are the first influencers of their children. For a working mother, it is difficult to keep a balance between professional and personal life. Self-learning solutions are potent tools to empower them with all the requisites for managing their children’s learning, writes Beas Dev Ralhan, Co-founder & CEO, Next Education India Pvt Ltd for Elets News Network (ENN).
Working mothers often face the dilemma of balancing work and family life. Research shows that women often quit their jobs after embracing motherhood. Societal pressure and negative work environment are some of the reasons that propel women to make such choices. Women who choose otherwise are often torn between home and work, and consumed with guilt for not being able to contribute to the learning process of their children. Parents often fail to realise that 24*7 supervision is not needed to make their children successful. Instead, parents should aim at making them independent learners. They should find age-appropriate ways to help them apply the concepts taught in class in real-world situations. Introducing a self-learning solution to children could be an effective way to keep them engaged and help them take charge of their own learning. Thanks to the emergence of m-learning and e-learning, self-learning is becoming a trend.
Self-learning and its advantages
A rather self-explanatory term, self-learning refers to a learning process that does not require any direct supervision. It allows learners to devise their own rhythm and time of study. They can supplement their classroom education with self-learning courses to augment their learning effectively. Self-learning has numerous benefits, which if reaped carefully, can benefit every child.
Self-learning provides students with the time and scope to study at their own pace. It is different than the classroom learning, where all students are expected to follow a set pattern, which might be a hindrance to some learners. For instance, a student may have difficulty in following a section of audio-visual content in the classroom, and it might not be possible for a teacher to pause the video every time a learner is unable to grasp a concept. Self-learning allow students to build up their own momentum of studies and allow their working mothers to continue the office work.
Independent research skills
While self-learning, students are active participants in their own learning process and not mere passive recipients of information. This makes them independent and responsible learners, and also helps them acquire and apply their problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. Self-learning prepares them for academic life, where the teachers’ role will be more of a facilitator than an instructor. It is imperative that mothers treat their children as individuals and help them to be independent for life ahead.
Anytime, anywhere learning
In the 21st century, teaching–learning is no longer confined to the classroom. Thanks to tablets and laptops, students can now learn even on their way to school or within the comfort of their own home. They could read up on any topic discussed in class that captures their interest. Self-learning empowers a student to quench his/her thirst for knowledge.
Self-learning also improves students’ self-confidence and increases their ability to take initiatives. They realise the importance of making sound, self-affirming decisions, which improves their decision-making skills. They also learn to solve problems on their own without depending on teachers and parents, which improves their decision-making skills.
Gamification of learning
Various self-learning platforms for students use Gamification for learning. Students can watch videos and participate in various discussions on these platforms. Contrary to the deferred gratification that end-term exams offer, gratification in a gaming platform is instant. Gamification incentivises learning process itself and also frees students from boredom. Different students have different learning needs and a teacher may not be able to design assessments as per the varying needs of each student. Gamification of learning can address this problem by introducing activities as per the potential of each student.
Technology empowers mothers
Parents want to be reassured all the time that their children are learning new things and are settled and happy in their lives. However, parents often get bemused over choosing the right approach to soothe their worries. Technology helps them in this regard too. Adoption of a Learning Management System (LMS) can be helpful as it helps in design, delivery, and monitoring of the learning process. It shares comprehensive student performance reports with parents and also recommends interventions if required.