Padmanabha Thiruganahalli Shivaraju1, Manu Gangadhar2, Chandrakantha Thippeswamy3, Neha Krishnegowda4, Narasimhamurthy Kalenahally Muthahanumaiah5
AIMS To evaluate the self-learning habits via different learning styles which can influence and be a useful indicator for potential learning performance of an individual.
MATERIAL & METHODS Observational questionnaire based study to evaluate self-learning habits among Second year undergraduates, Adichunchanagiri Institute of Medical Sciences, B. G. Nagara, Mandya, Karnataka.
RESULTS 50.55% had an opinion that Problem Based Learning (PBL) stimulates self-directed learning. 76.92% were said self-learning process should include both LBL (Literature Based Learning) & PBL together. Majority of the students said the learning is boring through Literature based learning. And 59.34% said topic could be more interesting & less boring if both were included according to the situation. 84.62% said self-learning through LBL is more time consuming over PBL. 80% preferred to integrate all the subjects. 46.45% said it is better to start the PBL early in the 1st year itself.
CONCLUSION 'Learning to learn' is a crucial skill. Continued additions can lead to “Curriculum Hypertrophy”, emphasising on "Lifelong learning” skills in students & who develop such skills will be equipped for whatever the future holds and will keep up to date when they are no longer on formal training programs.