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Independent Study: What is it?

Most of the youth of this country are molded by the hands of the education system. From the first day of preschool to receiving a high school diploma, the experiences and academic skills of a student have a pivotal effect on their future. It is no secret that the educational system in the United States is flawed. Many people want to distance themselves from this system and have found independent study as an affective alternative. Duke University’s website says, “Independent study enables a student to pursue for course credit a research or other academic topic of interest under the supervision of a faculty member.” This gives the student the power to be their own teacher and study their own interests outside of a classroom setting.

Many find this to be a helpful and reliable form of education because it gives students room to breathe and not be limited by a strict school environment. Many forms of independent study involve intense research about the subject the student has chosen to study. This research is typically used for the end goal of writing a report which analyzes what they have learned from the course. Other courses, known as just Independent Study, don’t involve the same amount of research but rather are directed by the student with the permission of a faculty member. Both of these forms of study result in a finished project having to do with the academic course. This project shows what the student has learned and how they will use this knowledge in the outside world.

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