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How to Succeed as an Independent Learner Complete - Parts 1 & 2

National Extension College

How to Succeed as an Independent Learner Complete - Parts 1 & 2


How to Succeed as an Independent Learner Complete - Parts 1 & 2

A comprehensive step-by-step guide to planning and studying effectively this book provides a quick help guide that will enable your learners to: organise and plan their study time; get support and stay motivated; develop concentration and memory skills; develop study techniques such as planning, drafting and editing their writing; use libraries and the Internet to do research; improve their spelling and punctuation; read faster and more effectively; select and organise resources; and prepare for exams and assignments. If you buy a multi-user licence you can share the book with colleagues in your school, college or organisation to use with the students they teach within that institution. 

An ideal dip-into resource for all learners aged 14 and over, the book also teaches them how to learn effectively through non-traditionally delivered courses and to build a personalised learning plan.

How to Succeed as an Independent Learner has helped many learners to develop their confidence to study independently. This popular text provides a valuable resource that can help to save time for tutors and trainers looking to develop their students’ skills so that they can study successfully as an independent learner. Use the entire contents of the workbook or only the topics you need, for face-to-face teaching with your students, or as revision support or a home study aid. 

A single-user download allows you to use the material in your own teaching only. Read our full Licensing Terms & Conditions here.

How to Succeed as an Independent Learner is available as this complete workbook, or as Part 1: Planning your Learning only or Part 2: Skills for Learning only.


Authors:              Richard Freeman, John Meed and Sheila White

Edition:                Published 2005

Format:                PDF, A4

Page extent:        256 pages

About the authors

NEC works with recognised leaders in the field of education and training, to develop resources designed and written by experienced authors who are also qualified subject experts.

Product description

This workbook is divided into six sections containing topics that can be worked through in order, or you can use just the topics you need, in any order, depending on your students’ needs. Each topic includes an introduction and objectives describing what students will get out of that topic; case study showing how one learner approached the topic; activities to aid understanding and learning and help you achieve the objectives; feedback on the activities; a personal learning plan for that topic.


Preparing to learn

How do you feel about learning?

How do you learn?

Why are you learning?

Getting support

Making the most of your tutor

Setting goals

Being realistic

Deciding when to study

Deciding where to study

Using action plans

Note-taking and using resources

Why take notes?

Making notes on paper

Making notes online

Organising your notes

Selecting and organising resources

Using a library

Using the Internet

Using a dictionary

Using an index

Skills for learning


Developing your memory

Asking questions

Solving problems

Managing stress

Reflecting on what you learn

Checking your own learning


Reasons for reading

Reading faster

Different types of reading

Skimming and scanning


Deciding what you want to write

Planning your writing

Improving your spelling

Improving your punctuation

Using and acknowledging sources


Editing and redrafting

Preparing for assessment

Planning for assessment


Tackling examinations

Tackling assignments

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