Nowadays, we are surrounded by different types of technological tools that can be used by self-taught people who learn by themselves, exploring and delving into topics that have created interest; in this article, we will share some tips that can help us take advantage of these tools so that we can effectively learn the topic of our interest in a self-taught way.

Define when and where to study

We must make this study topic a habit to which we always dedicate quality time, and the best way to do it is to organize an area or space in which we feel comfortable to study (without distractions) and define a time of day, the ideal would be to have that time daily; however, we can start with three or four days a week until we adopt this habit daily.

Order and focus

Once space and time have been defined, it is important to reflect on these two variables that we are changing in our daily routine, since the defined space must be comfortable and must make us feel like being there to learn and enjoy what we are doing, which implies having an orderly and conditioned space for the use that we want to give it.

Hand in hand with this space comes the focus factor that consists of eliminating any distraction that can deconcentrate us or steal those valuable minutes of our daily learning time. We can do other complementary activities before the said activity to increase our concentration, such as meditating, exercising, etc.

Confront the fear of the unknown

It is practically a natural instinct of living beings that when they do not know something immediately a feeling of fear is generated, many times; we stay in our comfort zone, and we hear sayings or phrases such as “curiosity killed the cat” to find a way to say that it is best not to know more to avoid something worse. In the case of a self-taught or who always wants to learn, he must be curious and must have the ability to overcome the fear of the unknown and instead always seek to know more.

Information: Format and fonts

When we have started our self-taught learning path, we can realize that we have already overcome that fear of the unknown and that little by little, we want more and more information on that specific topic that we have decided to deepen. It is at this point where another important variable enters to increase our knowledge: the information; we must define what the format with which we are going to have better receptivity to receive the information is, and later we must be aware that we cannot receive the information from just one source, but we must look for several sources and make sure they are relevant or reliable.

Information of interest

When we have already defined our source and information format, it is important to gradually filter this information. Many times, there is complementary or additional information that can divert us from our investigation. We must keep only the relevant information and discard the information not relevant or secondary.

To take action

There is no better way to learn than by practicing or taking action; only by taking action can we see if that knowledge really works or not; we must take into account that there are many interesting theories or ideas, but that when they are executed, they lack relevance or usefulness. Only by taking action can we know if a theory or concept is useful or not (at least in our environment or reality).

A mistake is an opportunity to learn

After learning something, it is important to put it into practice, and it is generally at this stage when mistakes are made; unfortunately, traditional education tends to teach that when we make mistakes and make mistakes, they automatically lead us to failure, but the reality is different since we can realize that anyone can make mistakes, we must lose the fear of making mistakes and learn from every mistake and from every mistake made (as we mentioned in our article on Robert Kiyosaki’s 6 rules to achieve success, we must learn to commit mistakes).

We must always take the mistake as a new learning opportunity that teaches us to take responsibility and understand where the mistake was made and face this situation to improve it by finding a solution. Therefore, the important thing is to always see the mistake made as a learning opportunity.

Do you have any opinion on this topic? Have you learned about a subject in a self-taught way?

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