How to educate yourself on the internet

The internet carries with it many benefits, suffice to say, the most important of these benefits is the abundance of information that can be found in it. Currently, the internet is not only good for getting help for your assignments from websites like, but also learning just about any bunch of skills you would want to acquire. Here are just a few of the abilities you might want and you can easily learn online;

New languages, branches of mathematics or science, different cooking methods, you can master a new sport, skills on how to run a business and manage effectively, public speaking skills or be you can train your communication and persuasion skills, etc.

Learning something on your own takes a bit more than casual trial-and-error. Here’s what I’ve found to be important in making self-education work:

How to educate yourself on the internet

1. Identify the end result. 

Have an idea of what should you be able to do, achieve or know after completing your learning process. The best efforts at self-education have always had specific applications. The more precise the requirements of the knowledge, the faster you can learn. For example, do you just want to speak Spanish, or do you want to be 95% fluent in a basic Spanish conversation?

2. Buy a How-To educational book.

Internet articles and scattered resources can help, but a book anchored in solid foundation is far superior. There are hundreds of how-to books on every skill and branch of knowledge. Books can give you a foundation that simple trial-and-error cannot.

3. Identify prerequisites of the skills you want to gain.

Learning programming requires basic math just like blogging requires basic computer, writing and marketing skills. Similarly, basketball requires ball handling and movement skills. Therefore, you need to know what background skills you need before you start, so you can pick them up before or while you try to master your skill on the internet.

4. The deadlines you set determine the time investment you will have to make. 

If you want to learn something in three months, then that can mean an hour a week or several hours a day depending on the discipline you have. Your deadlines determine how much time you need to invest.

5. You will need to be patient. 

Self-education isn’t more difficult than classroom learning although it can prove harder when you reach a dead-end and don’t have a teacher to guide you through. Your ability to educate yourself will match closely with your ability to persevere and keep trying when you want to give up.

6. Back to basics. 

Any skill is based on several core understandings or abilities. Even huge algorithms are based on simple programming concepts such as loops and variables. Cooking is based on simple techniques like grilling roasting or broiling. Similarly, any dance is based on a core pattern of steps. When you master the basics, then learning advanced skills becomes easy.

7. Don’t be afraid to sail several times.

It is easy to stumble into handling the same challenges repeatedly, but they don’t teach you anything new. Add new elements every time and keep practicing so that your learning curve doesn’t flatten out.

8. The 15-Minute Break Rule. 

If you get stuck on something, promise to give yourself only fifteen minutes of complete focus. If you can’t solve your problem by that point, take a short break. Giving yourself less than fifteen minutes of focus means you lack the persistence necessary to learn. Always know that creating space between yourself and a problem can renew your creative energies towards solving it.

9. Always know the point of your education. 

Necessity is the best teacher you can have. If you don’t think you need to learn something, it is going to be difficult to push through frustration points. By making your self-education a built-in part of your goals, you’re driven to learn out of more than random curiosity. 

10. Join forums and interactions with peers of the same skill.

Just as there is a how-to book on anything, there is a forum about anything you want to learn. Online forums can prove to be a lifesaver for you if you get stuck.

How to educate yourself on the internet
Josh Linus
Josh can talk films for hours on end, discussing the really good cinema, the really bad, and anything in between. He enjoys everything - from epic fantasies to horror, from rom-coms to crime and action thrillers, from sci-fi to musical dramas.

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