Becoming A Self-Directed Learner – Part 4: Strategies For Learning.

Top performers in every field has effective strategies for achieving and improving their results.

In the same way, your children need to have a toolkit of strategies to gather, understand, and use information productively.

When they have more strategies, they will be better prepared to improve their learning tasks and outcomes.

They need to know how to choose the right strategy for a learning task or situation and know how to apply it correctly to achieve the learning outcome. As they grow up, they need to continue to improve the way they manage information and learning strategies.

It is not possible to go through all the strategies in this Love Note. Suffice to say, the purpose of learning is to be able to store information in the long-term memory.

To do that, there are three basic strategies that can be adopted.

First, rehearsal strategies.

They say that repetition is the mother of learning.

Help your children to apply this strategy through taking notes, copying information, repeating information verbally and in a written format, and underlying words in learning materials.

The downside to rehearsal strategies is that they do not help your children to connect new information to the information in their brain and the inputs around them. If they don’t know how to connect and relate the informational one another, it will be harder to remember and store them.

Secondly, elaboration strategies.

Elaboration strategies include helping your children to summarize informational materials into key points. They can also paraphrase and rephrase the information using their own model, concept or words.

They can also compare and contrast different information and come out with examples to support the learning process.

A useful strategy for doing well in
assessments is to develop questions related to the information and formulate answers for them.

Finally, organising strategies.

If your children does not know how to organise the information, they will not be able to remember them effectively.

At the basic level, they can organise the information using symbols and maps and other kinds of representations.

They can organise the information according to hierarchies. For example, organising information from big picture to the various details.

To illustrate, the history of economics can be divided into four phases: the Agrarian Age, the Industrial Age , the Information Age, and the Post-Information Age. We can then explore the changes during each of the ages.

Information can also be organized in sequences. For example, to improve learning performance, you must first know your current performance. Then, you need to have a goal for improving performance follow by strategies on how to achieve the goal.

Information can also be organized in matrices, tables and diagrams.

All these strategies help to organise the information and show the connection and interrelationship between these information. They can be used to help them connect the dots with current and future informational inputs.

By doing that, it will drive your children to store relevant information and retrieve them more easily when they need them.

In conclusion, it is important to continue to help your children expand their methods for learning and for applications in real life situation. It will help them learn under any situation, both within the classroom and without and throughout their life.


I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

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Please read my reflections and continue to teach me.

Life is FUNtastic!


About Patrick Liew
About Patrick Liew Patrick Liew MBA, MSc, BSc is the Managing Partner of Global Enterprise Exchange Pte. Ltd.. He is also the founder and director of Success Resources, arguably the world’s largest personal development seminar organiser and a major shareholder of a company, which is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. He was previously the Executive Chairman and CEO of HSR Global Ltd., a publicly listed company on SGX-ST. Previously, he was the regional director of the Gartner Group, providing strategic advisory and planning services to governments, banks and MNCs. He was also the regional head of sales and marketing operation for Dow Jones Telerate. Patrick graduated with a BSc in Estate Management from Heriot Watt University, an MSc with emphasis in global business and marketing from The City University Of New York, and an MBA from Henley Business School / Brunel University. He has also earned more than nine other professional qualifications. Patrick is arguably the first person to develop a multimedia e-learning programme on entrepreneurship. He authored a Chinese book on business systems and was also the co-author of a Times Bookshop best-selling book. Patrick has conducted both ‘brick and mortar’ and online lessons for participants from more than 60 countries. He has also conducted keynote presentations in many international conferences, including being the first Singaporean to teach at the National Association of Realtors. Through his team at Success Resources, Patrick has organised educational conferences for prominent leaders such as President Bill Clinton, Prime Minister Tony Blair, Michael Porter, Richard Branson, Robert Kiyosaki, Donald Trump, and many other prominent leaders. Patrick provides leadership and advisory services to many professional and charity organisations. He is actively involved in supporting humanitarian, philanthropic and charity causes. He has organised three fund-raising events and in the process, help to set three national records in the Singapore Books Of Records. Patrick won the Entrepreneur Of the Year Award For Social Contribution, the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Award, and six other business awards. Patrick believes the best way to live your life is to live your life for others. The more you reach out to bless other lives, the richer and better your life will become. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A Personal Note to my Friends The articles that I post online; or what I term as Love Notes, are written with the purpose of inspiring readers to live at a higher plane in life. They are also meant to motivate those who are struggling in life and help them find handlers to overcome their conflicts and challenges. It is my ardent hope that we will form networks and alliances of like-minded people who will put to right many of the wrongs in our midst. Together, we will leverage on each other's resources and create a synergistic impact in making our world a better home. These articles are written as part of regular reflection about the vicissitudes of life. They are at best work in progress and at worst, grumblings, grouses, and gripings of a finite old man. I have deliberately decided NOT to delete many of the articles and pointers that I may not agree with or are outrightly wrong. This is to keep a record of how my personal ideas, beliefs, and values have evolved over time. In addition, I hope to encourage readers by letting them know that I also make mistakes and am struggling with many of the complexity and complication in life. As long as we hang on to hope and work on finding a solution, there will be light at the end of whatever tunnel we are in. I do not pretend to know everything or for that matter, anything of substance. In fact, the more I study, learn, and think about the vast wisdom and knowledge out there, the more I realised how little I know about life and the ways of life. Hence, I have always ended my article by asking readers to continue to teach me. For I, too, am a sojourner in the exploration of truth and the adventure of finding meaning, purpose, and significance for my existence. I am proud of and make no apology for being a Christian, albeit not the most exemplary one. I believe our Creator can lead and guide us to be the best that we can ever be. I bear full responsibility for the shortcoming and error in my life, including my words. The fault is entirely mine and not due to anyone else. Readers have and can exercise the power of choice. They can discard what will not work for them and adopt those that can propel them further and faster in the pursuit of better performance, outcomes, and fulfillment. If I have disappointed or hurt you in any way, form, or manner, I would like to apologise to you. Please do not hold them against me or whoever or whatever is related to me. There are much to pray about, learn, and do. And I'll work on them with a sense of urgency. I hold on to the belief that 'Anything worth doing is worth doing with passion and excellence'. I'll endeavour to live by it. Life is short. There's no dress rehearsal and neither can we turn back the clock to change the drama of life. Therefore, by the grace and power of our Creator, let's live a full life and live it to the fullest. May God bless you abundantly on the journey of life. Your online servant, Patrick Liew I hope this message will find a place in your heart. By the way, I have also recorded other reflections. Please 'Like' me on Visit my Inspiration blog at For my opinions on social affairs, please visit my Transformation blog at Please visit my website, Please read my reflection and continue to teach me. Life is FUNtastic!

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