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How to enhance self-regulated learning in university students

The development of self-regulated learning has allowed the number of people who are able to be self-sufficient when it comes to studying to increase. Something especially important when we are in the presence of university students or business schools, since they may have to combine their obligations as students with other work and personal commitments.

What is self-regulation of learning?

Education has changed and evolved, especially at higher educational levels. Gone is the conception that it is the teacher who must guide the students on their way to the achievement of their goal.

Now the teacher is conceived as a guide that helps and motivates, but the real protagonist of the training process is the student, and this is when self-regulated learning comes into play. This allows the student to face challenges and keep their emotions under control, without becoming a victim of stress and anxiety, while developing in other areas of their life that have nothing to do with training.

The self-regulation of learning involves the development of processes of control of emotions, behaviors and cognitions, so that the student can achieve a high academic performance without having to keep an eye on the teacher all the time.

According to Barry Zimmerman, it is a process by which the student manages to transform their mental skills into academic skills; that is, learning to learn. For example, better managing your time, having the ability to detect the most important information or finding a solution to problems.

All this helps the student to actively control the emotional states that cannot be detached from the learning processes, and that he feels less frustrated and more motivated.

Whoever applies this system is able to set goals for themselves, select the most appropriate strategy to achieve them, monitor their progress, make changes if the objectives are not being achieved and, ultimately, take advantage of the study time in a much more efficient way.

Enhance self-regulated learning in university students

Applying new technologies to training

New generations have always had technology at their disposal and, contrary to what is believed, digital tools are not a distraction when studying, but can be of great help, as long as the most appropriate ones are used.

In our case, our training solutions are designed to improve the educational experience of teachers and students. For example, allowing each student to design their personalized itinerary and thus maximize their productivity.

Use an evaluation scale

We pointed out before that it is necessary for the student to monitor their progress that will help them know exactly where they are on the way to their goals, and if they need to make adjustments.

Evaluation scales are tools commonly applied in teaching that can also be used to do a self-diagnosis. Through them, you can evaluate certain behaviors or procedures and appreciate their evolution.

Promoting student independence

In the case of teaching taught in universities, and also in business schools, it is necessary to put aside a little the typical master classes in which only the teacher speaks, and give students greater autonomy.

For example, when addressing a new topic, instead of starting with the traditional-style explanation, we can ask students to read it carefully and develop a battery of 10 questions about the aspects that are most complex to them. Or we can propose that you develop one of the sections of the topic with information other than the one contained in the book, or the one you have seen in class.

Apply different study techniques

Self-regulated learning is difficult to approach for someone who does not have a good foundation in terms of study techniques. It is logical to think that, when he arrives at the university, the student will know different planning and study strategies, and will use at all times the one he deems most appropriate, but this is not always the case.

In this sense, the teacher can be a guide so that students know how to approach the study of each topic, and give them alternatives: search for complementary bibliography, personalized tutorials, gamification, etc.

Social support

The fact that the student is more independent when it comes to managing his study does not mean that he is alone, far from it. Both teachers and other students must act as a source of protection and teaching.

We are used to a training system that is too guided, and moving to a more autonomous system is not easy for everyone. But, if the student feels supported, he will have no greater problem becoming the real protagonist of the new educational stage he is addressing.

Self-regulated learning has many benefits at the university level and in business schools, but its effects go beyond. A person who has learned to regulate all the processes that are necessary to learn with quality and without emotional ups and downs, can also apply this skill to his professional and even personal life.

If you are interested in knowing how to apply this type of learning to improve the educational experience, visit our website and take a look at our digital solutions, and if you have any questions, contact us; we will be happy to help you.