Have you been thinking about educating yourself? Does the prospect of going to college/university frighten you? Are you worried about the cost of doing this? Want to get started on your personal development?

8 Best Resources for Educating Yourself

Have no fear! Here is a list of the best eight resources you can use to help you.

Educating Yourself

1. Kickstart Something

Yes, start something. What better way to start educating yourself than to create a worthwhile project and project manage the whole thing. It could be something that you are passionate about, and you want to make a difference. Start a crowd-funded project. Here are a couple of links for sites, to get you started. Kickstarter is a great option, or consider Indiegogo!

2. Take Free or Cheap Introductory Courses

One of the easiest and cheapest ways to learn a new skill is to sign up for a cheap or sometimes free course online. It will also allow you to decide if this area is right for you.

Alison offers a variety of free courses from Accounting to Web Design and everything in between.

Another great company is Udemy. You have to pay a small fee for the courses, but they always have great offers, so it is worth checking out! With videos from expert instructors, it is an easy and exciting way to learn.

3. Mentor

Hook up with a mentor. This person has real experience in their field and will be more than willing to share that knowledge with a mentee. They can give you valuable insight into your chosen career, interest, etc.

It could be a family friend, relative, or somebody you have not met yet. At Linkedin, you can engage in business networking, and you could find your new mentor there.

4. Volunteer

There are many ways in which you can volunteer, which will all help in educating yourself. Not only will you be helping yourself, but also contributing to the community and helping others. Volunteers can learn skills in such areas as medicine, education, or emergency rescue. Here are a couple of links to organisations that work with volunteers on projects all over the world. Try Volunteer International and VSOInternational!

5. Start a Small Business

You could start a small business in anything. If it is the first time you have run a business, you could learn many skills for the first time, such as customer service, personal confidence, sales, and time management. The list is endless.

6. The Blogosphere

By creating your blog, you can enjoy many new skills or even refine your existing ones. You can learn how to market your blog and yourself. Learn how to make money online. Meet online with people that share your interest/passion and learn more about it.

7. Educating Yourself by Reading Books

Reading is one of the best ways to educate yourself. You can read something you are passionate about, to improve your knowledge. Read about something completely new, to learn something different. Or even learn a new language.

Researchers at Lund University in Sweden tested students from the Interpreter Academy. The language students experienced brain growth in the hippocampus and the cerebral cortex. There was different levels of brain growth according to the amount of effort and learning students experienced.

Go and pick up a book and get reading.

8. Educating Yourself by Watching Videos

Last but not least, let’s not forget YouTube, the No.1 video-sharing website. 

Most people use this site for entertainment. But there are loads of instructional videos, completely free, for everybody to use. They are ranging from how to knit, to how to code on the internet.

8. Educating Yourself by Watching Videos

Last but not least, let’s not forget YouTube, the No.1 video-sharing website. 

Most people use this site for entertainment. But there are loads of instructional videos, completely free, for everybody to use. Ranging from how to knit, to how to code on the internet.

Educating Yourself – In Conclusion

Try out these resources so you can start educating yourself. You will be amazed at how easy it is to do, and if you want, you could learn something new every day of your life! Please let me know what you managed to learn in the comments section at the bottom of the page. Happy learning!

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