If you decided to become a seld-educator and not going to college you have a hard road ahead my friend. Despite the popular opinion that a degree is a useless college still simplify your life a lot by giving you access to like-minded people, professional mentors and create a full curriculum for your success.
In order to replace all those bonuses by studying on your own, you have to apply a more systematic approach than just taking self-paced online courses of Udemy — you need a long term plan.
Tip 1. Don’t study on your own
The biggest mistake you can ever make in seld-education it’s studying completely alone. Even if you feel that you have become better you lose an important aspect of education — socialisation. Besides a lot of home works and lectures college gives you access to a useful professional connection that in future can help you a lot.
If you decided to study on your own — let people know about it. Join online communities, do posts on social media and interact with as many people as you can. To know more about how to “Work out loud” you can read a book called, so… “Working out loud” by John C. Stepper. This book is full of practical tips and examples of how working out loud can help you in your career and life.
Tip 2. Set long term goals
The second step is to answer a question — “Why am I studying?”. It’s mindblowing how much people don’t think about it, but how can you achieve your goal if you don’t have them?
As a first step, I suggest you read the book “7 habits of highly effective people” by Stephen Covey. It’s an essential book for everyone who wanna live a fulfilling and happy life. During reading, you will be answering questions like “What I people say after my death?”, and this is really transforming.
Another essential step in goal setting it’s finding a coach. A coach’s a person who will help you to set long-term goals and achieve them. Usually, a coach, it’s a person whom you would like to become, but this person is already there and can give you priceless advice.
Tip 3. Find study groups
Studying alone it’s a pretty lonely experience that can make you anxious and very soon you lose motivation. You need a group of people with whom you will share your daily learning experience, who will support and motivate you.
During goal setting, you will discover a list of subjects you have to learn, e.g. Programming, English and Math. You can try to find people that study the same set of subjects or find different groups for each subject separately. Usually, study groups containing from 3 to 5 people meet each day and study together. You can try to find them between your friends on social media or on specialised channels for finding study buddies.
Tip 4. Find mentors (or tutors)
Coach it’s a guy who can help you to discover what you would study and why but he won’t help you to find the best way to do it. For this, you need a domain professional who will help you to create a learning roadmap for some specific questions.
Mentors again can be found between your friends or you can buy them on specialised sites like https://preply.com/. This person will make sure that in N months you will learn a subject you would like to learn. It’s not crucial to meet each week, you can just ask your mentor to help you create a list of resources you have to finish. It can be books, online courses, articles, videos whatever that gives you domain knowledge.
Tip 5. Join online courses
Now it’s time to learn and usually, you will learn using online courses on Udemy or Coursera or whatever platform you choose. But, to make your study experience more enjoyable and interactive I suggest you take a cohort-based course together with your team.
The main difference between cohort-based courses is that they are much more similar to universities. You have a group of people with whom you are learning a prepared curriculum in real-time. Here you can find not only relevant knowledge but also professional connections.
Self-education is beautiful if done correctly. If everything described above looks overwhelming for you, so…. it is. Self-education is taught and it’s hard to find the right people to support you during this path. For this reason, I’ve created an Anthill Academy — a platform where self educators can organise their learning in a systematic way. Our main goal is to completely replace degrees and make education more cheap and flexible.
If you are interested in Anthill Academy join our discord server, very soon we are going to launch a beta test of our platform where you will be able to find study buddies, coaches, mentors and world-class cohort-based courses.
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