Independent study is a form of educational activity undertaken by an individual student with little to no supervision. A student and their professor will generally agree upon a topic for the student to research with minimal instruction and guidance from the professor for an agreed upon number of academic credits. Independent studies provide a way for well-motivated students to pursue a topic of interest that does not necessarily fit into a traditional academic curriculum.They are a way for students to learn specialized material or gain research experience.
Independent study refers to opportunities for students to explore their personal interests on a deeper level in order to decide how and where they will direct their studies in the future. Independent study can also be understood is to understand learning from a distance. Learning from a distance is a theory in which the student is at a physical or a mental distance from his or her teacher. The student and the teacher are connected by something such as an essay or a research project.