Original question from Quora:
What are the best sites for a self-learner?
Any tips or communities to join?
Just about everybody and their brother is going to mention some kind of online course platform. That seems like good advice, and for some it is. I think there is a better path.
If you are a self-learner the best thing you can do is put the learning into action in a practical way. Here is how I learn things…
When I was in junior high, I wanted to learn how to program computers. Actually, I wanted to make my own video games someday. So, I got a book Teach Yourself C in 21 Days and I read it.
More importantly, I started writing software right away. As I got better, I kept building more things. Eventually I could make simple games like Pong.
This was in the 1990’s and there wasn’t Google or much in the way of good way to find a lot of this information outside of the bookstore. So I kept getting books and I kept building things.
If I were to do the same thing today, taking courses might be a decent way to learn, but I think the most important skill to a self learner is to be comfortable with the uncertainty of not knowing how to solve a problem, then going out and finding the answer on your own by building or doing whatever you are trying to achieve.
If I were to pick a site for a self-learner, I would pick Google and YouTube. Between the two whenever you run into a problem you an find some direction on how to solve it.
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