If you’re a 80’s kid or further this must sound really familiar and repetitive to you: this is the self-education era. If not, there’s little chance you’re reading this (and congratulations if you are!).
Education is not what it was. Let’s face it, this is a very demanding society we’re living and every new generation has to strive more and more. It’s not enough to have a bachelor and one language. It’s not enough to have 2 or 3 years of experience. You have to do more and more. But normal schools don’t let us grow as we should and regular jobs only destroy our creativity and dreams, absorbing slowly our time and youth. But, funny thing: schools are exactly the same. Why? Schools are created from students: if students don’t change, neither do the schools.
New technologies are here to stay and I’m here to talk about how to take control of your own knowledge. In the next lines I’m going to ask you to forget about the regular pensum and make one for your own. Also, I’d like you to think about the possibility that almost all of the content they teach us in school (or college) are intended to prepare you for a job more than to prepare you for life. With that in mind, please think about how would be the pensum of your life. I kindly invite you to open the door to your self-educated being and explore if this kind of learning may unleash your inner genius.
But you don’t have to do it alone! There are tons of communities with people like you ready to share valuable content (no, I’m not talking about Instagram). Without any particular order, here are some pages that may be useful in your journey:
Founded in 2011 by Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller from Standford University, this platform is based on the MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) modality. It’s by far my favorite site of free courses because it’s simply awesome. The videos are just so fun for learning. There are some astonishing courses as Learning How to Learn that are just too good to be true. You can also have a paid certificate when you finish a course and if you can’t afford it, you can request a free one. This page change your life in many forms. I guarantee: you won’t be the same.
Founded in 2012 by the MIT and Harvard University, it’s not as visually friendly as Coursera, but surely is an excellent site. It’s also bases on the MOOC modality and has tons of courses.
I can barely do a fair review of Duolingo. I think almost everything I say won’t be enough. This is a very unique free language-learning platform. It was launched in 2011 mainly by Luis von Ahn, Severin Hacker and several developers (sorry not to mention them all). This is a very short description from Wikipedia:
Duolingo is ad-free and offers all its language courses free of charge. The language-learning website and app offer over 50 different language courses across 23 languages; more than 30 additional courses are in development.
Duolingo provides extensive written lessons and dictation, with speaking practice for more advanced users. It has a gamified skill tree that users can progress through and a vocabulary section where learned words can be practiced.
For me, Duolingo is like a game, when instead of going no where with your life, you’re actually making a lot for it.
4. Crash Course
Educating yourself while procrastinating? Yes. This is actually a YouTube channel and a very productive one! Next time you go in there to scape from boring activities you should go for a visit. Crash Course has tons of interesting subjects and its videos don’t last more than 15 minutes. So, if you are a quick learner, I encourage you to step by.
This list wouldn’t be complete without TED. This is surely one of the most brilliant ideas on the XXI century. It’s based on the ‘TED Talks’, which are several conferences of great topics, where the experts (not necessarily professionals, check out this kids) give us master classes every time. I personally recommend this site to enrich your soul. You won’t learn advanced studies, but surely you will learn about life. And that’s what this is all about, right?
I really hope you enjoy your new journey to knowledge and don’t forget to leave your comments!