Guide to students self-learning
Self-learning, unlike traditional methods of learning, does not measure the results by tests, but rather, it improves your knowledge and skills in a certain area. You can then use them to solve problems or perform tasks.
Self-learning is the ideal process
Self-learning, which was once a difficult task to accomplish, is now possible with the many resources that are available. There are many free online resources, such as articles, essays and videos. You can also find books and journals. All you need is time and energy.
Here's how to get started if you are interested in self-learning, like so many students and professionals who have been confined to home due to pandemic.
Steps to self learning
Set Your Goals for Self-Learning
You can begin your self-learning journey without much guidance. Determining your goals will help you to feel more in control. Ask yourself these three questions: What are you trying to learn? What is your motivation for learning it? How long do you plan to dedicate yourself to learning it? You could be studying for your degree by yourself. You can also work towards an online certificate to improve your skills at work. You could also self-learn a new skill. You might set a goal like: I would like to learn the basics of marketing in the next month so that I can expand my skill-set. These goals will help you set realistic milestones and timelines for your self learning schedule.
Choose a Few Resources
It can be overwhelming to choose the best resources for getting started. The wide variety of resources makes it easy for you to get caught up in the paradox of choices. Where do you begin? Do some basic research online. You can find recommendations from others in blog posts, on YouTube or Reddit. This research should be kept to a minimum. Pick out only 2-3 resources to get you going. Do not look further. Most courses and resources are sufficient to teach the basics. You can find more advanced resources after you have learned the basics. It is crucial to avoid procrastination.
Create a learning framework or road map
Self-learning is only possible with some planning and organization. Your goals and resources can be used to create a learning roadmap. Set small, attainable goals that are related to your chosen resources. Your goal could be to master marketing basics. You could set a smaller goal, such as: I would like to learn about social media metrics in order to produce my mini-report by the end of next month.
This small goal can be used to organize learning material in key topics or actions that will help you achieve your goal. Self-learning sessions can be structured using these small, well-defined goals and timeframes. Start by jotting down the topic and how long you expect it to take. Also, note the resources that will be used. You don't need to worry about where you want to begin with your goals. Start by learning the basics of the topic. Self-learning could include learning about the key skills or topics involved.
You Only Need to Learn Enough
It is easy to get caught up in the trap of consuming and learning information. It is quite different to learn the information, and then be able apply it on your own. Mini-projects are listed alongside the above goals. Then, use projects to put this knowledge and skill into practice. You can fill in the gaps of your knowledge with project-based learning. You may find that you have something to learn even if you begin the project. It's a great way to learn while keeping an end in mind. You're now learning the topic in order to advance your project.
Find existing projects from self-learners online. You can also take real-world projects and make them your own. You can also create a portfolio if you want to use this skill in your job or as a freelancer.
Projects may not be feasible for certain learning topics. Try teaching the topic to another person. You could do this in person by having a conversation or writing a blog post. You can also use the Feynman Technique to improve your understanding. It is easy to procrastinate by learning. It is unlikely that you will be given any formal assessments in order to stay on track. It's important to challenge yourself and apply your knowledge and skill.
Keep a Consistent Self-Learning Practice
It is possible to maintain a routine of self-learning by involving an external accountability. You could use a friend or learning partner, or make a public commitment to complete a project, or write about an experience. Consider what you are most passionate about to determine a method of accountability. If you are motivated by keeping your promises, then making one to someone else can be motivating. If you are motivated by spending money in a deliberate manner, investing your money into resources can be a great motivator.
Using time management and tracking progress is another way to keep consistency. You can schedule time in your calendar for self-learning. You might say, "Every Tuesday and Friday morning I will spend thirty minutes self-learning in my local café." You can track your progress by simply checking off the topics and resources you have selected. Check out this visual guide for different templates of progress-tracking.
Responsibilities of the above-step process
For independent study to be successful, both the student and faculty advisor must fulfill certain roles. Here is a list of some of the most important roles. Students and faculty advisors can review the list periodically and discuss whether they feel the other person is doing their part.
Assess your own readiness to learn
Define your goals for learning and create a contract for learning
Monitor your learning process
Self-motivation is key to all phases of the learning process.
You may need to re-evaluate your goals and adjust them as necessary during the unit of study
Consult your instructor as needed
Roles of instructors in advising
Create a cooperative learning environment
Motivate and guide the learning process of students
Encourage students to take initiative in learning
During the learning process, be available to consult as needed
Serve as a mentor rather than an instructor