2.1 What is Self Regulated Learning?
Self-Regulated Learning (SRL) can be described in terms of learners determining their individual learning goals, selecting their learning aids and actively using them for their learning, as well as reflecting, monitoring and evaluating their learning approach to gain a deeper understanding of content.
Thus SRL effectively enables learners learn how to learn and, therefore, be in command of the own learning process. This often has a positive effect on both personal motivation as well as improving learning achievements. The following quote illustrates this idea:
“self-regulation is a self-directive process by which learners transform their mental abilities into academic skills. Learning is viewed as an activity that students do for themselves in a proactive way rather” (Zimmerman, 2002).
The following sections will outline SRL in real world scenarios. The first scenario describes a typical student who is simply following a familiar pattern of a conventional Learner. Subsequent scenarios outline various applications of SRL in different contexts.