One excuse that people use for not learning for fun is that they need a teacher or they have to pay for someone to teach them!
Thats not true, you should never have to pay to learn. Heres my list of free learning tools.
This one is so basic that most people completely forget about it. The library is a great free resource that you can use to get your hands on hard copies of books. It is always nice to take a break from screen learning and look at a book for a while. The break refreshes and rests your eyes while getting you your learning fix for the day. Depending on your town you might also have little free libraries in your neighborhood. Some cities have these free libraries on every city block and it leaves no excuse for not picking one up.
Another great place to learn is online, and one of the best places online is forums. Forums are a great community of people who are all trying to learn the same thing. You can ask questions and read through years and years of archives. It really counters the argument that paying for university helps you build a 'network'. Forums let you build a network for free, and a much deeper network, in university you are limited to the amount of people you can talk to face to face. Active and high ranking forum members are very passionate and are the equivalent of mentors and professors--if not more knowledgeable. As you make a name for yourself on the forums you can skype and meet in person with these experts.
Whenever i find a new subject to learn I pick at least 3 new forums to join and start reading up. This works wonders for technical subjects like coding where you might need an extra pair of eyes to help you fix things. Reddit is an example of a good forum site.
Continuing with the internet theme you should always be connected to a free chat like irc. They have channels for just about every subject, especially big channels for programming. You always have a place to ask a question and get an answer. This is more immediate than a forum however should not be used until after googling.
Every question you have has been asked before somewhere on the internet. Google is a free tool that lets you scour the internet for these answered questions. Make sure to use googles operators to narrow down your search and find exactly what you are looking for.
You can use document database sites like Course hero to access all the homework, tests, and study guides given out in university classes. You can also get free tutoring with a good course hero account. Depending on how you use it it could cost money, view this guide for more info on how to apply for a free course hero account.
There are other sites like this, for exampe chegg and answershark. However Course hero has been around the longest and have the biggest collection of documents, so i prefer to use them.
Putting it all together
By combining all these resources you will be able to have a quick and fast system for learning anything you need to. If you want to get college textbooks for free that is beyond the scope of this guide, however it is possible. Use your new found googling skills to find the answer to any questions you might have;)
Have you ever met someone that was addicted to something? Was it a healthy addiction that made the person happy? Or maybe it was unhealthy and caused the person alot of sadness.
Unfortunately destructive addictions are all too common. People get addicted to drugs, video games, gambling, or worse.
However healthy addictions are behind some of the greatest inventions of all time. Thomas Edison was addicted to making his invention for the light bulb work. It was all he thought about and he would work long tireless days because it was a rush to see progress in his dream. All great so-called 'geniuses' and 'talented' people possess this simple trait.
Geniuses have a learning addiction -- just like addicted gamblers need to gamble-- a genius needs to make moments matter.
The sad thing is that had luck gone differently for people suffering from alcoholism etc and they had found a positive addiction--they could easily have had different lives.
So how to get addicted to learning?
First of all, when i say addicted to learning i mean addicted. Like Thomas Edison, you won't be wanting to date girls in your high school class, because its not at all interesting compared to figuring out how the internet works or how to operate your own linux kernel. Believe me my friends date girls and they are really missing out on the intense rush of learning languages, math, and computer science.
You need an addictive personality
If you have ever been addicted to something that means you have an addicted personality. Maybe it was a netflix TV show you bing watched for 60 hours over the weekend, maybe it was a video game you couldn't stop playing. These are all symptoms that your brain is capable of falling completely and irrevocably in love with something--and with a hint of selfishness that makes you block everything else out.
Ease yourself into it with something like learning software
If you aren't hooked on learning and self-study chances are you need the right spark to get the fire roaring. You can start with gamified education sites like duolingo, ixl or CourseHero. Duolingo is especially fun and when i first discovered it i got level 25 in French, German, Polish, and Romanian. From there I got advanced grammar textbooks from the library and began to skype with native speakers online. Over one summer i managed to speak conversationally in Polish and French.
I mastered speaking in the languages because I was addicted to it--just like a bum is addicted to alcohol I would sneak away from my parents and skip chores just so i could practice more and get the rush of improvement.
The people that say languages are hard to learn only practice like 1-2 hours a day... of course it would take years to speak. However with 15-17 hours of reading, skyping natives, and writing in a language it is a piece of cake to master in a few months.
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