Self-learning - The new form of Learning

Dec 20th, 2020 | by  Simran Panjwani


Self-learning is a process of improving one's knowledge and understanding one's abilities to make the learning process more productive. It is a modern form of learning which is more effective and convenient. Due to the presence of the internet, you can learn almost anything just by searching it online. However, this form of learning can be quite difficult since it requires a high level of discipline and focus. 

Advantages of self-learning

Although self-learning is not easy to practice, if followed properly it can help to make learning more effective and productive. Some of the benefits of self-learning are given below:

  • It helps you to develop critical thinking and intellectual problem-solving skills.
    Self – learning incorporates the habit of finding a solution on your own. You can take the help of your colleagues, seniors, the internet, or parents. It enables you to think on your own and find a specific way to solve the problem.

  • Self-learning prevents stress and anxiety.
    With the help of self-learning, you can make the learning process more convenient and efficient. This is because it focuses more on the process of learning instead of the outcome. You can learn according to your pace and understanding.

  • It can help you incorporate various other skills in your life.
    Self-learning not only teaches you to be independent but also helps with time management, self-assessment, and achieving your own goals. It can give you a better insight into yourself.

  • Self-learning not only produces better results but also makes the learning process more meaningful.
    Since self-learning induces critical thinking and improves problem-solving skills, thus, it helps in making the learning process more efficient. It improves the understanding of the topic instead of just memorizing it. 

  • It induces curiosity in students.
    Since students are required to work on their own, it induces curiosity in them. Self-learning is driven by curiosity. Students are motivated to learn instead of being forced to learn. This motivation comes from inside.

  • You can choose any mode of learning according to your comfort.
    One of the best parts of self-learning is that the students are open to learning through any source they are comfortable with. It is not only limited to classroom teaching and student can reach out to various other sources like you can watch YouTube videos or Google. 

  • It will help you to understand yourself better.
    Since self-learning involves learning on your own, it can help you to understand yourself better and make you aware of your weaknesses. It enables you to understand what you are the best at and where you need work.

  • You can learn from anywhere and anytime.
    Self-learning can be done from anywhere and anytime. Whether you are at your home or traveling you can continue to learn from anywhere without any restrictions.
    And as said by Mark Twain :
The Best Education happens outside the classroom.

Some tips for self-learning 

Although self-learning is important and can help you achieve exceptional results. However, you must follow it properly to make it effective and produce excellent results. For that, some of the tips are given below:

  • Firstly, you need to set a target.
    The most important part of learning is the setting of a goal. You need to be clear about what you want to do in life. And after that only you can proceed.

  • Create a proper schedule.
    You need to plan out your tasks and properly organize them. This will help you to manage your time better and will enable you to focus on all the tasks. 

  • You need to be consistent.
    Although self-learning is more relaxed and convenient. However, you need to be consistent with the learning. You need to study regularly for a specific time.

  • Manage a proper study place.
    According to scientific research, a proper study place can help maximize your focus and helps to devote all the positive energy in a particular direction. Thus, prefer to study in a particular study place.

  • Avoid distractions while studying.
    While learning, prefer to avoid using any distracting materials like your smartphone or television. It would be better if your study place is cleared from any kind of distracting materials. This can help to increase concentration.

  • Don’t just stick to books instead learn from different sources.
    If you find that a particular topic is not explained properly or you need additional information then you can Google it or can watch a YouTube video.

  • Discuss with your friends or parents.
    You can discuss with your friends or parents about the topic you studied. This will help you learn more things and have a better understanding of the topic. And as we know:
    The more we share, the more we gain.

  • Always practice what you have learned.
    Practicing is the key to success. You need to practice what you have learned. This will help to improve understanding of the topic.

  • Understand your weaknesses and improve them.
    You need to understand your weak points and should try to improve them.

  • Revise what you studied.
    A quick review of what you have studied can help you to retain the topic for a longer time.


With the constant changes happening in the world and competition increasing day by day, it is important to incorporate new changes in your learning process. Your learning should not be based on outcomes but on making the process more efficient. And we should remember what the great scientist Albert Einstein once said:

Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.



Simran Panjwani

Simran Panjwani

A keen learner

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