How to Educate Yourself

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Anyone can self-teach themselves. Self-education relies on the person doing a few things in order to learn. Read on to learn how to educate yourself.

Things You'll Need

  • Patience
  • Commitment
  • Educating yourself is not meant for the lazy person who does not want to spend time in a classroom or the Internet to achieve a degree. Rather it is the process of attaining knowledge best utilized for the workplace or for enjoyment. If your workplace allows you to attend school and will pay for it as long as you pull in a certain grade, then that would be the best course of action.

  • Self-education is best applied to a person who has very little time for anything outside his or her work and family time. If the person works a 40 or more hour work week and has children, chances are they have little time to do anything. What, if anything, could someone that falls into that category do to educate themselves? The absolute best course of action is to make time, no matter how small the respite. Understandably single parents have very little precious time to do anything to help themselves. Again, it is imperative that they do so. It could be before their children wake up, on lunch or break at work or after the children are in bed. Whatever the case may be, find the time.

  • After calculating the time you have made for yourself, get a sheet of paper. Write down all of your strengths and weakness that you feel represent the real you. Don’t fool yourself and be straightforward because it will only hurt yourself. When you found your strengths utilize them. If you are good at history, how would you go about educating yourself? You can tutor children that are experiencing a low grade. It could be done on weekends. The process of teaching something to someone enables you to learn too. Additionally, if you liked history, especially a different time period, a library is an excellent resource to augment your knowledge. While that may seem obvious, you would be surprised at how many people do not make the most of it. Tax dollars pay for it; you might as well go there. If you know of a book but do not see it there, you can have it on “interloan” or some libraries will buy it for you to read, dependent upon their budget.

  • Another way to self-educate yourself is by asking questions. It could open new doorways in learning too. You may breach the subject and find out something related to the topic that you never knew existed. Or expounding on something may lead to new venues that you had not thought of. In other words, never forget the power of asking questions.

  • Keep in mind that there are many ways to educate yourself. The process of reading, writing, talking, asking questions and listening, all of them are excellent ways of continuing your educational needs. Moreover, libraries have courses that can aid you in an endeavor you’re interested in. A credited or non-credited course at a local college or university could help increase your knowledge in a particular area that interests you.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be persistent in asking questions. It is one of the main ingredients in the learning process.
  • There really is no such thing as a stupid question...only a stupid mistake by not asking the question in the first place.

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