In this day and age, it seems that the world is learning at a rapid pace. In fact, there have been many articles published on how technology has changed education. Nowadays, people are learning from videos shared on social media sites to podcasts and online courses to blogs. People are using online teaching apps also. Apart from school or college, if one really likes a teacher’s teaching, then he/she can find him on online teaching apps. Teachers also love online teaching because online teaching has given more expansion to their ability to teach. However, talks about self-learning versus school or college-learning seem to be increasing in popularity as well. With people all over the world leaving home to pursue higher education, it’s easy to assume that those who actually choose to self-learn do so because they think school or college learning is too stressful or too expensive. Many of those who opt to learn on their own probably think that school/college learning will leave them more frustrated and demoralized than what they would feel if they went through a course of study. However, the reality is something very different from what many assume. A study revealed some startling facts. According to it, self-learning may be the most effective way to learn new things. The question now is; Why?
Some of the reasons why self-learning is better than school or college learning:
Learning on your own time:
As people are growing more and more reliant on technology nowadays, it’s easy to go on YouTube and carry out an online course or search for a blog that teaches you how to gain new skills. This way, you can learn as often as you want whenever you want. You don’t have to feel guilty that you’re not attending class or attending classes for too many hours each week. However, those who opt to learn online may find themselves unable to complete a large portion of their coursework because they lack the time and focus required to do so.
As a student himself/herself is guiding his own study then he or she keeps an eye of what efforts he or she is making to study the subject and try not to deviate from this aim. A student who prefers self-study mostly doesn’t need anybody’s supervision.
A student when starts learning by himself/herself then his or her reading, writing and vocational abilities start achieving improvement itself and also his or her thinking and grasping ability get stronger than other students who are dependent on schools or colleges.
Students discover more about any topic or any subject when they start to learn by themselves apart from limited course syllabus of school or college.
self-learning develops an awesome confidence level among students as they are very sure about their knowledge and they don’t mug up instead they understand the topics they become very good orator and writer too with full confidence.
Student attains a good level of curiosity to search and find something new about any topic or anything which makes him or her a discoverer. Most of the time students are after completing the syllabus and mug up things but self-study encourages them to do what they are interested in.
But some people find school or college learning much better than self-learning. Let’s understand this aspect also why is it so:
- In school or colleges or in any such institutions a structured and well-planned study material is available where you understand what you have to study and what not to. It saves your time and stops your disorientation.
- It provides you with physical help from a well-qualified and experienced teacher. Sometimes when we try to understand a topic by ourselves and get stuck at a point over and over again, then a real time experienced teacher solves our dilemma because being exhausted from the dilemma our mind needs external assistance at that time.
- Pressure of completing notes, assignments and attempting exams though seem very horrible but keeps a student focused and dedicated towards his/her studies.
- A student gets up-to-date approved information from professionals that too with a valid qualification and degree from an institution.
Now as pros and cons have been discussed here and as a coin has two sides always. One can choose the method of studying according to his/her need.