When I was a school kid, I was one of those conscientious ones who put school work first and everything else second.
Now that I have left the campus for years, I have a constant feeling of missing out one of the most important thing in my life — learning.
I do read almost every day, but reading is part of learning only when I narrow down my materials onto one or two topics, otherwise it can only be counted as leisure reading.
Here is a contention of mine: Learning doesn’t stop just because we aren’t at schools, and the identity as a student isn’t school bound either.
Think about it. What do we get from a course offered by an education institue?
1. teachers (to answer our questions, to assign and grade our assignments)
2.curricula and timetables (to track learning progress)
3. a bunch of course mates (to encourage each other, if one is lucky)
Well, we can actually prepare all these (thanks to the marvellous Internet) on our own — with other benefits as below:
1. Some teachers at school just don’t just don’t click with us. We could pick and follow our favourite gurus online instead.
2. We don’t need to farce our essays for the sake of meeting a deadline. We could work at our own pace.
3. No classroom drama or distractions.
The only thing we don’t get unless we enrol in a course is a certificate of recognized qualification, but this too, can be eclipsed by your achievements and portfolios.
Steps to take if you want to learn on your own.
1. Hire a coach online
2. Set a daily, weekly, monthly and yeartly timetable
3. Use online database and the library
4. Keep a blog or YouTube channel to share what you’ve learnt
5. Most important of all, have some self discipline