Autonomous learners take an active role in the learning process. They are totally responsible for all the decisions related to their own learning, both in terms of what they learn and how they learn it.

In the higher education systems, it is important for students to be autonomous learners and to become self-reliant learners who can continue learning efficiently and independently because of the transition to the more independent learning required at university compared with their previous study.


Effective autonomous learning requires the learner to have the following features:

  • Willingness to learn independently.
  • Thinking critically regarding goal setting, time management and selecting an effective strategies.
  • Having a wide range of learning strategies and skills.
  • Taking responsibility of their own learning.
  • Willingness to take the risk.
  • Working creatively in complex situation.
  • Having a self-awareness of their limitations and their ability to manage them.
  • Making self-motivation as well as self-assessment.
  • Persistence; never giving up.

This short article was written by our PS06-30 student Afaf AlRwais.