An ever-expanding world population coupled with an increasing number of new technologies has led to an increase in self-study across all age groups. Education has moved far beyond classrooms to the comfort of our homes, at our convenience and at our own pace. So much so that some would argue that the classroom model is not sufficient to meet the intellectual needs of individuals in such an interconnected society.
Although it is unlikely that the classroom model will be replaced as a whole, given the benefits of a physical space for collaboration with intellectual and social growth, self-learning will likely become every again a part of traditional educational institutions. Additionally, the easy availability of massive open online courses (MOOCs) has fueled the growth of self-taught learners, whether learning a new skill or earning a certificate for career advancement. The low costs of these education methods are an added advantage for all.
Being self-taught works in every way. On the one hand, it can help high school students improve their records, and on the other hand, it allows professionals to learn additional skills and grow on the job. This even helps professionals switch to a well-paying job or career of their choice.
Self-learning may seem difficult at first, but with enough time and the right mindset, it becomes much easier. Here are some helpful tips for successful self-study:
As you begin your self-learning journey, don’t be in a rush to complete it in a jiffy. Set realistic goals – ones you can achieve alongside your daily workload and busy weekly schedule. Make sure you take some time to let your mind and body rest.
Know what works best for you
There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to learning. Different people have different ways of learning, for example, some find that studying early in the morning is better for gaining power, and others prefer afternoon study sessions. Find out what works best for you and stick with it, while looking for ways to make it even better.
Plan your study time effectively
Break your study material into short sessions to cover over a period of time, rather than trying to cover a lot of material in a short amount of time. Giving yourself enough time to study in short, frequent sessions allows you to enjoy and learn the subject more effectively without feeling overwhelmed or panicked. Also, spending too much time in front of the computer or your notes can wear out your focus sooner rather than later, and you may end up losing interest in the subject.
Review your study material timely
Take time to review the study material the same day you learn it, either by practicing a new skill or re-reading a chapter. This aids in the long-term absorption of the material and decreases the need for bulking in the future. It may seem time-consuming at first, but regular practice works to help you understand better and faster.
Create and maintain a study environment
To enjoy the benefits of distance learning, it is important to prepare and maintain a study environment, such as reserving a designated space with a work table or desk. This space will allow you to get into learning mode and align your thoughts and actions with learning.
To sum up, Self-study is a great tool to enrich your learning experience and helps both young and old when properly mastered. So whether you’re preparing for high school or a career, self-study can lead you to places with exciting opportunities, both academically and professionally. Remember to make use of the doors of technology that has put knowledge within your reach with all the easily accessible and low cost tools at your disposal.
(The writer is the founder and CEO of Gullybaba Publishing)