Approaches to Learning (ATL) skills help students effectively manage and evaluate their own learning. ATL skills (Communication, Social, Self-management, Research and Thinking) are not always formally assessed; however, such skills are taught in each unit of study to emphasize the importance of reflection on learning how to learn.
ATL skills can be learned and taught, improved with practice and developed incrementally. They provide a solid foundation for learning independently and with others. They help students prepare for, and demonstrate learning through, purposeful and meaningful assessment. They provide a common language that students and teachers can use to reflect on, and articulate on, the process of learning.