Self-Directed Learning at Eye Level Learning Centre

by - Friday, February 23, 2018

Education nowadays is very different from my time. Teachers are expected to teach less but students are expected to learn more. More often than not, students are expected to experience and learn by themselves. In fact, becoming a self-directed learner is one of the outcomes of the 12 competencies of education as stipulated by MOE. It says: "A self-directed learner who questions, reflects, perseveres and takes responsibility for his own learning."


At Eye Level, they pride themselves on providing an Individualised Programme and a Self-Directed Learning Environment for students of different learning abilities. They also nurture students to become Problem Solvers, Critical Thinkers and Lifelong Learners, which are important values in the global environment.

I have already shared about Eye Level's Individualised Programme in my previous posts. Today, I'm going to share a little more about how Self-Directed Learning looks like at Eye Level.

Right Starting Point

In learning, I believe in guiding the child at his learning level. If we are giving the child something that is too difficult, he will lose interest and motivation very quickly.

Every student that comes to Eye Level is required to go through a Diagnostic Test. This test helps to identify the right level that the student should start at. Usually, this is a level that is not too difficult nor too easy. Since the starting point is at the student's learning level, it provides confidence and helps to motivate the student to learn more. From this point onward, learning progress is based on the individual learning pace and motivation.

Seating Arrangement 

Each student is seated at his/her own Self-Directed Learning Desk. This seating arrangement is specially arranged to reduce distractions, improve concentration and develop self-directed learning habits. The teacher is seated at a designated coaching space that is separated from the students’ learning space. This arrangement allows 1:1 Individualised Coaching and Self-Directed Learning to take place at the same time.

1:1 Individualised Coaching

As each student is learning at their own individual level, it is not possible for the teacher to teach everyone at the same time, like in traditional classrooms.

At Eye Level, the separation of the students' learning space and teacher's coaching space is optimal for a 1:1 Individualised Coaching. A student will receive 1:1 coaching at the teacher’s table, while the rest are doing individual learning at the student's desks. When this student is done with the teacher, he will return to his desk to practice what he have just learnt. When a student has a problem, he will have to take the initiative to approach the teacher at the teacher’s table. This 1:1 approach allows each student to learn at his own pace. It also decreases distractions to other students who are still doing their work.

In traditional classrooms, some students might be shy to voice out their questions in front of a whole class. He will be losing the opportunity to clarify any doubts and be left out by the teacher. Eye Level’s unique 1:1 coaching approach encourages students to ask questions if they have a problem and hence the teacher is better able to monitor the progress of the student.

Optimised Learning Environment

You may question, "I can also teach my child at home and get him/her to practice on the assessment books." I have been doing home-learning with the boys and I must say it is not easy. Sometimes, we might be busy with other stuffs to answer the child’s questions, sometimes we might be lazy, or sometimes we might not know how to teach a certain concept. It is quite different when they are in the learning center. The environment is conducive for learning, teachers are readily available to ask for help and peer model from other students will give the student the confidence and motivation to learn.

Remember, self-directed learning is not:
Giving a piece of work (which might not be the child's learning level),
letting the student to work on it alone (with no help readily available)
while some other students are talking or siblings are playing in the background (an environment with distractions).

If you would like to find out more about the programmes available at Eye Level Learning Centre, do check out their website. You may also read my other posts to get more information about Eye Level: 

Eye Level @ Jurong West

Address: Blk 960 Jurong West St 92 #01-182 (Upper Level) Singapore 640960
Contact No: 6686 2328

Disclaimer: We were sponsored complimentary lessons with Eye Level Singapore to try out its Math programme for the purpose of this review. No monetary compensation was involved. All opinions, texts and photos are mine, unless otherwise stated.

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