How to Get the Best out of Self Learning Courses
6 Steps to Make Self Learning Effective for You!
With the information that is available now, you don’t need to go to college or an institution to learn a new skill. There are online resources – free as well as paid that you help you kickstart your learning journey and help you achieve mastery in your domain of choice.
The advantage that academic institutions bring, outside of the quality of the faculty and students, is structure through the form of curriculum. This ensures that a subject is learnt through a process of introduction, exploration and in-depth understanding, at the same time covering everything that is important to be able to become a practitioner in the field.
Self-learning can have the risk of not having a structure and we can miss out on important aspects of the subject.
To make self-learning courses effective and be able to get the best out of them, here are the steps that you can follow
1. Be Open Minded and Curious
Explore the subject that you want to learn and try to answer these questions for yourself before you set out to invest time and effort in it
Why do you need to learn this subject?
How will this help you with forwarding your career or personal goals?
2. Create a Learning Plan with Goals
Create a time bound learning plan with clearly outlined areas that you need to cover within a subject. A good way to do this is to compare curriculums from a few universities and online courses to understand the span of the subject and create your own version of the curriculum. Along with that, create a time bound plan in terms of hours that will be spent on each aspect of the subject
3. Objective Assess your Resources
Once the learning plan is in place, you need to do a realistic assessment of the resources at hand. Books, free online videos, online courses, community forums are all part of the resources. Without adequate resources you might not be able to do justice to the subject
4. Setup a Learning Calendar
A set calendar with time of the day earmarked for learning, assignments and feedback ensures that you are on track
5. Apply what you Learn
Find small projects and assignments. Not only does this keep you interested in the subject, but it also ensures that you are constantly evaluating if the tolls are in line with the work
6. Find Other Learners to Collaborate
Learning in isolation can create a myopic view of the subject as well as decrease engagement over a period. Find forums and communities where there are other people who are interested in the same subject. Exchange ideas, collaborate on project. Learning is a social process, and we all learn better with others
Self-learning is a great way to build skills that you will need and makes for very productive use of your time, do it right and enjoy the rewards.