Self Education vs University/College

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  1. Kyler

    Kyler Active Member
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    What's your stand on that subject?
     
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  3. Susimi

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    Both are good in their own regards, but I prefer self education because you can be studying one thing, and then that links to something else, and then that also links to another thing, and so on. Taking a college/university course kind of anchors you to one subject and you can't branch off from it, at least not much anyway.
     
  4. IcyBC

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    I would say something is good to be doing the self-educate courses, and some will require the actual going to university! Both have advantages and disadvantages! Personally, I like the interaction aspect of going to university, as learning on my own can be quite boring!
     
  5. Brittney Stevens

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    Self-education and university education are both sufficient and excellent ways of increasing our knowledge about the world in which we live and on various subjects. I, however, value self-education over the later because the costs of having a university education are tremendously high, and the classes only 36 weeks.
     
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    That could be true. While where I am from, due to the language it's quite a problem. I'm unlucky.
     
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    I have done self-educating and college work and have found that self-educating takes a certain kind of person. If you can be well organized, free of distractions, and have self discipline then maybe self-educating is for you. While I think certain things need to be more traditional such as science, it really depends on what you want to study. I split my education between both, classes or subjects that I did well in I would take online, like English and history. When it came to math, I found I did better in a classroom setting, allowing me to have "study buddies" or a physical place I could go to for help. Granted a tutor or learning center were available when doing online but if I wasn't already on campus I never attended them.
     
  8. joshposh

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    I've known people that came out of college that book smart and did well in school. But when they are in the real world they are idiots. There's something to be said about a realist that has years of life experiences.

    I remember I was getting training about swimming pool treatment and our instructor asked us what we thought about degrees and certification. We all said it was important for this line of work. He then told us that he didn't have a degree and his teacher was all hands on experiences. Here's a guy that didn't have a formal education but through his know how, he builds these filtration systems for world renowned resorts.
     
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    I think a mix of both would be good. You can't really beat first hand knowledge on subjects, especially specialised ones, that you may need someone to explain. This would hold true especially for the sciences. Art subjects would definitely benefit more from a self taught method I reckon.
     
  10. MikeOh

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    Both has pros and cons. But I very important thing is which are you comfortable? There are people that are okay with studying by themselves while others want someone to teach them and explain a little bit about the lesson. It's the way you study that's crucial. But for me I'm leaning towards self study since I'm more of an independent learner.
     
  11. Diane Lane

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    I think both are important, and each has a purpose. A university degree is only as good as the effort and interest a person puts into it, but it can show potential employers that the person has set an agenda, worked toward achieving a goal, and succeeded in accomplishing that goal. I don't look down on people who don't have formal education, because it's not for everyone, and not everyone has the access or ability to attend. There are many skills in this world, and colleges don't teach them all, nor do they teach them all well.

    I have a lot of respect for people who have started at the bottom and worked their way up, as well as those who work with their hands. Anyone who doesn't, should do without electricity, plumbing, gas, vehicles, restaurant food, etc., to understand how important that type of work is to the survival of a culture and society.

    I'm not a very technical person, but the people who have taught me the most about computers and technology are ones without any formal training, who have been curious, and tinkered with electronics, pretty much since they were small, and are self-taught.
     
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    People who go to college open up their choices for jobs, and any jobs these days require a college degree. The more connections which are collected during your college career, the more options you will have when you begin your job search. Having a college degree often provides for greater promotion opportunity. I think people begin to fully understand the importance of a college education nowadays, and that's a good thing.
     
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    I would say both are good. I actually went to university and received my Bachelor's Degree in English Language, but of course, learning is a lifelong process. Just because you are already done with school doesn't mean you have already stopped enhancing/expanding your knowledge. There are still a lot of areas and subjects to explore. Don't limit yourself.
     
  14. hosewalker

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    I think that they both have their place in society. I definitely think that college doesn't suit everyone so it is good that there are other options out there like self-education and apprenticeships to learn useful skills. I personally think that college is the choice for me and most people because I don't have the motivation to teach myself complex skills. I need someone helping me and forcing me to improve, self-education is still a good option though.
     
  15. anorexorcist

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    I think that both options have their pros and cons, for example if you choose self education you are more able to have time for yourself because there is not actually someone pressing you to do homework, tests, and final projects, and on the other hand, as other user mencioned, it can be quite of boring to study by you own, and in college/university you get to know a lot of interesting and cool people and you can learn a lot of thing from them, so I prefer university.
     

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