Continued from last week
- Search for online courses
Many reputable universities are offering free online courses on websites like Udemy, Coursera, edX, and other popular websites. If you want to be different from the crowd of online learners, you might want to try unexpected sources of knowledge.
There are plenty of online destinations that allow you to gain the knowledge you need, so don’t forget to explore this e-learning infographic before committing to a particular online course.
- Get information from news aggregators
Instead of checking different websites, you can stay updated with the trends if you follow news aggregators like Fark, Google News and Feedly.
- Don’t just read, review!
Make sure to make a summary of the things you’ve learned that day. Take notes and review them once you finish the learning session.
This practice will help you to absorb the material much more easily.
- Set goals
It’s important to develop a habit of learning. That’s why you need to set monthly and daily goals, and give yourself a motivation to accomplish them. Discover S.M.A.R.T goal setting.
- Write essays and research papers!
In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson, says Tom Bodett.
Do you know what can inspire you to learn more? Writing! Pick a great topic and write a detailed essay or research paper on it.
Publish these papers on your own blog and get into discussions with the community of followers you attract. If you don’t believe writing can help, read about its psychological benefits here.
If you want a proof that you’ve gained enough knowledge – start teaching. You can become a private tutor, but you can also start offering your own online courses.
There are awesome free course authoring tools you can use to help other people learn the things you know.
- Have a schedule
Self-education should be a commitment, not a pastime. Make sure to fit it in your schedule as a regular activity with deadlines and responsibilities.
- Take notes!
You need to maintain a journal that will remind you of everything you love about learning. Write about all realisations and goals!
You can use Penzu or another online journal that will keep your notes private, or play with other methods of digitizing your study notes.
- Every obstacle is a chance to expand
You’ll face disappointment, discouragement, confusion and lack of inspiration. If you make an effort to surpass all these obstacles, you’ll grow into the committed person you always wanted to be.
- Say yes to new experiences
Since you have the liberty to develop your own learning style, you have to infuse some practical experience into this journey.
Write a blog, teach other people, or find a way to implement everything you learn into your traditional education or the job you have.
Are you up for the challenge?
The human mind has a huge power that not all people understand. Most of us are happy enough with the education we get at school, but we can achieve much greater heights when we get out of those boundaries.
Since all resources are out there, there is no reason to delay your journey through self-education any longer.