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Self-directed learning

“Great achievement requires personal force,  determined spirit and self-confidence.”
―  Lailah Gifty Akita 

I graduated from university with Bachelor diploma in Russian and English philology. Although my parents and environment insisted on me pursuing a Master’s degree, I decided to go to Georgia (the country, not the state) to practice my Russian, while working for a local non governmental organization, where I was responsible for teaching to internally-displaced children.

It was one of the best decisions I ever made. Not only did I strengthen my target languages , but I also gained other valuable skills (in the areas of project management, international communication, and fundraising), but I also noticed just how much you can gain through practice.

I’m not a big fan of our current education system. While I think university education is important and in some fields, such as medicine or law, even crucial(I’d never get on a plane with a “self-taught pilot), I also believe that self-directed learning, together with persistence, determination, and self-awareness, are the key to success in our rapidly changing work environment.   

Learning Styles

“Know who you are, know your mission and educate yourself in your mission field”
― Sunday Adelaja 

Ever wondered why you might be having so much trouble remembering words, facts or dates, even though  some of your classmates do so on their first try? Perhaps your preferred learning methods are simply different.

 There are 7 main learning styles:  

  • Visual: using pictures, images, and spatial understanding.
  • Aural: using sound and music. 
  • Verbal: using words, both in speech and writing.
  • Physical: using your body, hands and sense of touch.
  • Logical: using logic, reasoning and systems.
  • Interpersonal: learning in groups or with other people.
  • Intrapersonal: preferring to work alone and use self-study.  

Learn which one is the best for you and utilize it while getting familiar with new material or trying to mmorize things. I will tell you how to do it.

The Right Resources

“All I have learned, I learned from books.”
 Abraham Lincoln 

Okay, this  Abraham Lincoln quote is more than 150 years old. Today, we are fortunate enough to learn not only from books, but also from dozens of other resources available in our day and age.

Internet gives us free and almost unlimited access to e-books, audiobooks, articles, YouTube videos, podcasts, and forums Then, there are documentaries, online university degree courses, and  of course good old-fashioned books. Experts from all places around the world are willing to share their knowledge and experience,very often for free.

The more options we have, the easier we get lost in them, and eventually we end up giving up on our learning goals.

How to choose the best learning resources? Where to look for them? What to avoid? Very often, the answer to this question depends on the trial-and-error method, and it’s you who needs to narrow down the options. However, I’m more than happy to show you what works best for me.



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