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Liam Crawford
September 24th, 2011, 05:05 AM
Are you a person that can learn a certain desired subject independently without outside help from teachers or experts or on the contrary you are inclined to learn through teachers and people with superior knowledge than the Internet, books or references? Are there any topics you specially choose to self-teach yourself such as a programming language, a verbal language, an instrument, or whatnot?

Mr Cat Dog
September 24th, 2011, 05:17 AM
For me, even if a teacher is reading from a textbook, I feel like I retain the information better by simply listening to someone else speak, as opposed to reading it myself. Because of this, I always find lectures really helpful, as opposed to the more practical, private reading I had to do at university.

However, more scientific stuff I can do by myself, as learning that well consists of doing craploads of exercises to test one's knowledge. You can't just learn maths by listening, for example.

Yoshikko
September 24th, 2011, 06:20 AM
It really depends on what kind of information. When I read things myself, e.g. in history class, I lose my focus or concentration, but when a teacher tells it I can just listen and take it all in way better. For other stuff, like drawing anatomy, I prefer to do that on my own. Finding things out on your own and being able to make mistakes is part of the learning experience, for me at least.

Oryx
September 24th, 2011, 06:33 AM
I'm terrible at self-learning, it's sad really. I don't have the motivation because when I get bored with something, I just...stop. In my free time, I don't see the point in continuing to do something if I'm bored with it, so I don't do it anymore, which is really detrimental to my self-learning. If I have a teacher I'm forced to practice it even if I'm bored by it so I learn much better.

psyanic
September 24th, 2011, 07:16 AM
I do a lot better self-learning in most cases. Specifically, I teach myself instruments rather than looking for a teacher. This is mainly because I can work at my own pace and not feel rushed towards a teacher's expectations.

I've also grown to be more self-reliant when it comes to learning due to a numerous amount of terrible and lazy teachers that simply hand out enough busy work to receive their next paycheck. This is mainly the case when I try to tackle technology, such as computers and such.

However, one thing I cannot teach myself is a language. Retaining a balance between a classroom and independent studying is a more efficient alternative, but leaning towards one side over the other seems to cause me a great deal of trouble.

Kevin
September 24th, 2011, 07:27 AM
Uh... I can learn history by myself if I have a textbook with me. That's usually the easy one.

...But if it's something like Algebra or Geometry I would need a teacher just in case I need help on a certain math problem.

Sammi
September 24th, 2011, 07:31 AM
I don't think I have the dedication to learn anything by myself. @____@; There's been a few times in school where I missed material and I then had to try to learn it on my own, but I failed miserably. Just couldn't understand and absorb the material properly. I guess I need the school environment and someone to teach me.

It's a shame, I'd love to learn some more German but I know if I try I won't really get it. Sometimes I miss being in school. :(

Esper
September 24th, 2011, 09:24 PM
I'd have never learned anything if I had to self-motivate myself. I needed to have the classroom environment and a teacher there to make sure I didn't get distracted. Well, some things I'm okay doing on my own if they're a mixture of enjoyment and learning. I don't have as much trouble with creative things on my own, but I'd still do better if I was more structured about it like I'd be in a classroom.

PlatinumDude
September 24th, 2011, 10:05 PM
Depends on the subject. If I'm interested in something, I can learn it on my own. If I'm not so interested in it, then I have to get help in class.

Impo
September 24th, 2011, 10:12 PM
I can motivate myself to do self-learning, but there are some barriers because sometimes the internet isn't a reliable source, or if I'm stuck I don't know how to progress from there. I learned the forums version of CSS through this method. Fairly basic, but it still works.

I do prefer the classroom situation, because there is someone who knows what they are doing and they can help you. But I do hate it when classmates try to act like it's a competition to show off your brains.

Osiris
September 24th, 2011, 11:26 PM
I always found that I'm able to learn things a lot quicker by myself than in a classroom. Whenever we were told to read a textbook or something, I was able to figure out everything I needed quite quickly. When we had to take notes off the board or listen to the teacher though, I found it more difficult to actually learn, because everyone works at a different pace, and things get side-tracked when people start asking a lot of questions.

Cassino
September 25th, 2011, 02:01 AM
I self-learn general knowledge all the time, and personal philosophy. I think I understand the world better than normal, but I rely on instruction to learn anything particular. I'm more of a problem-solver than a specialist; quite whimsical; helpful rather than useful.

Truality
September 25th, 2011, 03:45 AM
I need help learning whatever has numbers involved in it. If it's theoretical subjects, though, it's a lot easier. I also learned a lot of things just by looking and copying examples.

Oh, and tutorials can be really helpful if they are well-written. For example, I learned to play the drums from online tutorials, no teacher taught me.

shenanigans
September 25th, 2011, 04:00 AM
My main subject is art which imo can't really be taught, to an extent anyway, as the only real way to get good at it is to practice in your own time. So yeah I guess in that field it's self-learning.

As for my other subjects, which are maths and biology, eh. I can work independently of a teacher, but why would I want to? We learn more or less everything we need to in class so I don't see why I should go to the extra effort of learning outside of class. But that aside, I'd be capable of learning the stuff on my own in biology and maybe in maths although most of the time the books we use tell us something and then ask COMPLETELY UNRELATED questions about it. ):

Elite Overlord LeSabre™
September 25th, 2011, 10:45 AM
I can do a certain bit of self-motivated study as long as it's an area where I have some interest (math, science, computers) and as long as it isn't excessively complicated to learn. If it is difficult, then a teacher-like figure can help me to keep on track when I'd consider giving up on that particular topic.

Ayselipera
September 25th, 2011, 11:10 AM
Depends what it is. For most things I can self learn pretty well, but generally I do like to be shown how to do something at least once so I have some sort of example. The only thing that comes to mind that I just could never self learn would be math. I need to be sat down and shown examples over and over and over and then repeated later on.

Generally I like self learning though. As much as I like people doing things for me I rather at least be taught once how to do something so I can do it myself when I need to rather than go and bother someone to do it for me.

Pokemon Trainer Touko
September 26th, 2011, 01:10 AM
I like to learn by myself because sometimes I do things in my own way which kiinda... pisses off the teacher? ='D Aaand I can learn a lot more things by myself, plus I don't really like to listen to teachers 'cause they're boring old prunes. :/

Awesome.
September 26th, 2011, 01:14 PM
Self learning on all primary subjects in my school(math, science, history, and english)

Noah Ridgewood
September 26th, 2011, 02:17 PM
Depends what it is. For most things I can self learn pretty well, but generally I do like to be shown how to do something at least once so I have some sort of example. The only thing that comes to mind that I just could never self learn would be math. I need to be sat down and shown examples over and over and over and then repeated later on.

Generally I like self learning though. As much as I like people doing things for me I rather at least be taught once how to do something so I can do it myself when I need to rather than go and bother someone to do it for me.
this applies to me as well.