“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”
The world today has gone digital. So, Carl Sagan’s “somewhere” is most probably found in the internet.
Self-learning is the only way to learn. Teachers might have done their part, but in the end it’s what we practice and understand that makes us learn. Sure, we need guidelines!
Apart from academia, we want to learn arts and skills like how to play a guitar, sketch, or do skill moves like our football icons do. Paying for all that we want to learn is impractical and, let’s face it, impossible. Thanks to the web, we can learn all this and pay nothing bar what we pay for our internet connection.
Internet is a huge collection of resources. We can use them in our favor to learn. I have found, and tried many of them myself to learn things like playing my favorite song with a Guitar, some key phrases of Spanish language etc. and succeeded. I will discuss some of them that I know from my personal experience and a bit of internet research.
YouTube is an ocean of videos. Try searching in YouTube whatever you want to learn by beginning with “how to” and get amazed with results. Many people and popular organizations have made official channels for you to learn. It’s for you! Probably why they call it YouTube.
Online forums for almost everything are very important discussion tools. You discuss your related problems to other users like you and experts of the field. Search for such forums in any area of your interest and it is highly likely that you find a useful one.
Sites I mentioned above are mere pebbles in a rocky beach. There are more where they come from, and most might even be better than those mentioned here. Please make a comment if you know any other similar sites. Comments for any other reasons are also welcome.
One word of advice: Do not try to learn many things at once. It is bound to be a failure. Concentrate on learning one thing, and commit to it. Take it from someone who has tried to learn many things at a single period of time and failed.
Leaving you with what one of my source of inspirations has to say about learning – “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.”
By, Kshitiz Khanal (23 Aug, 2012)
Originally written for View Your Choice blog.