Self-directed learning: what it is and how to promote it

  • Nurjahan MI


General practitioners (GPs) should develop sound learninghabits to ensure successful independent, life-long learningthroughout their professional life. However, GPs with their busyschedules usually face numerous daily demands leavingconsiderably little time for effective self-study.1 Trainees needto realise that learning is not merely to pass examinations butto continually keep up-to-date with the ever-increasingknowledge and developments in medicine to remain acompetent medical practitioner.

Think of self-directed learning (SDL) methods that you mayhave used successfully and share these with your students.As their teacher or mentor you can certainly guide students tolearn in a better way. Picking up these skills early, for exampleduring the vocational or masters training period, will beadvantageous to the learner. The following sections suggestsome strategies to encourage and hone SDL skills in learnersunder your supervision.


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MIN. (2008). Self-directed learning: what it is and how to promote it. Malaysian Family Physician, 3(1), 6. Retrieved from
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