Back in the days, self-education or self-learning has been very difficult. You need to go to the library, get a library card to study a book that you need, and return it at once. When you are looking for a definition of a word, you have to grab that thick Dictionary or Encyclopedia to know it’s history and scan through all those pages.
Luckily, the world has developed and equipped us with all the learning tools we need, with just a click away. All we have to do is to read, learn, apply, and share that information to make self-learning more valuable.
WHY DO WE NEED TO CONSIDER SELF-LEARNING?
Unlike the usual school approach in education, self-learning is not measured by your exam results, it is basically all the knowledge you acquired outside school environment and let’s you gauge that knowledge through experience which makes it more meaningful.
Self-learning can help us improve our skills and enrich our practical applications. Here are some reasons why we need to consider self-learning:
- Improves problem-solving .
- Stress-Free. Since this does not require deadlines, examination and recitation. It is pure learning at your own pace.
- It entices us to explore and learn more.
- It gives us sense of accomplishment. When you have unlocked something new, it creates a positive feeling which will motivate you in doing it again.
- You become an inspiration. When you share your learning experience with other people, you are encouraging them to have that self-learning attitude as yours.
HOW DO YOU START YOUR SELF-LEARNING HABIT?
It always start with your CURIOSITY, this is your main drive to learn. When you are eager to satisfy that curiosity, you have start writing your LEARNING GOALS, what is it for? what is the learning coverage? When your goals are set, you need to start your RESEARCH, gather reliable resources, references or learning material. Gather as many as you can, when you have them all start ENGAGING WITH THE LEARNING PROCESS. Read and understand, read and understand, repeat until you reach your learning goals. Test your acquired knowledge by practical APPLICATION. This is the part when you can say your research is either fact or fiction, and the part when you can decide to explore more on that same or different learning goal. To make your self-learning experience more meaningful, SHARE it with your network. Collaborate with people and share what you have learn.
You can apply self-learning attitude in everything you do. Talking to a person with experience similar to your learning goals or subject of your curiosity is already a self learning process.
There is nothing that will stop you if you want to learn. Learning is a never ending cycle that wheels us to Success, so if you want to succeed, make self learning a habit.