Becoming an Autodidact: What To Do if You Want To Learn Better by Yourself

Whatever path you choose to go down, whether it’s setting up a business or you are looking to learn more, you may have heard of the term “autodidact.” An autodidact is someone that can teach themselves how to learn things independently. And while it may seem like a complex subject to get anyone’s head around, it can be a great tool in your life when money and time are tight. What are the keys to doing this effectively? 

Choosing Your Knowledge Path

You need to know what you’re going to learn, but you also need to decide where you will learn it from. This is why understanding what is passionate to you is so important. To get you started, there’s an excellent resource called which has a variety of resources from topline college courses. But this is only one piece of the puzzle. If you’ve decided what you’re going to learn, you need to start practicing it. 

Practice is such an important thing that we can all forget about on occasion. But when it comes to learning, we have to treat our mind like it is a muscle. In fact, it is a muscle and evidence has shown that if you don’t use it you lose it! So this is why you’re not just practicing the subject, but you’ve also got to put your brain into situations where everything just seems incredibly frustrating and hard to learn. This is why you may want to start practicing more things like Sudoku puzzles or crosswords like on to keep your brain sharp. 

Understanding Your Learning Style

We all learn in different ways and when you discover what is the best way for you to learn a subject, you will engage with it better. There are different types of learners, such as kinesthetic and auditory. So, for example, if you are an auditory learner, you would benefit from listening to podcasts but as an extra layer of learning and you could read out the material so it can be solidified in your mind. 

Once you’ve learned something, you can start to apply the skill. And this is the next stage in ensuring that you are able to solidify it in your mind. A lot of people benefit from learning information by teaching it. While you may not like the idea of teaching people, it is an amazing way to put you out of your comfort zone because it’s forcing you to practice learning the information. 

Addressing Your Personality Traits

Some people naturally take to be an autodidact but some don’t. An autodidact is someone that loves to learn and is naturally curious. And while we’re not all able to become passionate about the most insignificant subject, this is why you need to look at the things that really interest you. Sometimes, we can feel that we are just too tired to start learning something new, but if you find something that really interests you, this is going to compensate greatly. 

Laying Out the Appropriate Goals

Setting goals is always important, regardless of what we want to achieve. Autodidacts are not preoccupied with trying to master something instantly. An autodidact is someone that can acknowledge their limitations, and this is why we all need to set goals for ourselves. There are a few simple approaches that may help you: 

  • Setting SMART goals. SMART is the acronym for specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound. 
  • Using technology. If you want to set yourself goals there are many apps that can help you. Goal Buddy is one example. 
  • Starting a journal. A very simple thing, but you’ve got a bible for you to return to. 

Applying Your Mind

This is something that many of us need to come to terms with. Once upon a time, it was thought that we couldn’t do anything to change our brains as a grown-up. While our neuroplasticity tapers off when we are in our 20s, it’s still possible for us to make new connections in our brain, but we just need to work a little bit harder. The best way for you to do this is through the following approaches:

  • Make a concerted effort to change your behavior.
  • Focusing on the efforts to perform this new activity regularly. 
  • Making the activity automatic. 
  • Reiterate your determination. 

We all need to learn new things quickly and effectively, but a lot of us don’t have the opportunity to go on courses because we don’t have the finances or the time. This is why if we want to expand the quality of our lives, we need to leave our comfort zone and become an autodidact.

Willow Stevens

Willow is a mother of six who begins to feel the empty nest, with faer oldest child living with his long-time girlfriend in another state, and the next three begin their talks about jobs and the excitement of college and living alone. Willow started couponing in 2007 to save their family some money on the grocery budget. That's how Freetail Therapy was born, so that fae could share their knowledge of saving money with others. Though the site has become so much more since then, and now includes homeschooling and homesteading info, Willow still does it all on a budget and shares how. Willow enjoys snagging freebies, snuggling with their dog, Xander, drinking decaf coffee, gardening, cannabis and of course, their large frugal family.

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