How to Teach Yourself Anything

College has taught me many important lessons, but there’s one in particular that I want to share with you…how to teach yourself anything.

Have you ever found yourself studying for an exam or doing an assignment and realizing that you actually have no idea what you’re doing? Your class notes can help you fill in some gaps, but you really just need someone there to talk through the information with you.

During the summer after my freshman year of college, I decided it would be a good idea to take ECON 101. You might be wondering why I, an advertising student, was taking ECON 101. Well, it was a required course (at the time…), so I decided taking it over the summer would be my best course of action. UNC’s ECON 101 combines both micro and macro economics into one course, and I had about 1 month to learn it all.

My instructor for the course was a graduate student, who was very nice, but clearly education was not his intended path in life. Some concepts were easy to grasp, but others went right over my head. After struggling with an assignment, I decided to check out YouTube and see if there was anything that could help me figure out this assignment. I was pleasantly surprised to see that there were hundreds of videos about different concepts for ECON 101. It was so helpful to basically have a professor walk me through the material without having to be in a classroom.

In the end, I passed ECON 101 and then a few semesters later it was no longer a required course for journalism students.

This semester, I am taking a graphic design course to strengthen my skills for Adobe creative cloud applications. As an advertising major and studio art minor, graphic design combines my love for storytelling, digital media, and art into one class. I have learned a lot from the class, but I also try to think outside the box and create work that is in the realm of unfamiliarity. I have used YouTube A LOT during this course. There are thousands of great videos that are dedicated to teaching you how to use different tools to get your desired effect. The step-by-step tutorials have been my godsend throughout the semester.

From simple tasks to more complicated ones, there is probably a YouTube video that explains how to achieve your creative cloud goals.

YouTube has tons of niche videos about a variety of topics, so everyone can find what they’re looking for. As I mentioned in DIY(ouTube), you can learn how to make just about anything with the help of some DIY tutorials. Whether you need some help passing ECON 101 or you’re interested in building your own house, YouTube has it all.

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