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Last updated on April 7, 2021
The pursuit of education is one of the most important social pursuits there are, as the expansion of knowledge and personal growth that comes from education is second to none, yet “education” doesn’t have to relate to going to college or school – there are a variety of ways to learn more, particularly in the modern age, where today we can simply visit YouTube and learn how to undertake complex tasks by following a step-by-step video tutorial.
When you think about it, most people want to learn something in order to be able to provide a specific outcome. For instance, let’s say you have no idea how to wire a plug. In the “old world” someone would either by taught this by a friend of family member, or, if this knowledge wasn’t available to them, they would go to the library and hope to find a book on the subject, or they might even enrol on a basic electricians course at college.
Today, however, you can find your answer in a few seconds and have an on-demand audio visual guide where someone is taking you through the process step-by-step.
Now, when it comes to wiring a plug, that’s quite a simple one – but when you consider there are tutorials for almost all car maintenance issues, you can save a lot of money by learning things online.
In this article, we’re going to take a look at some alternative ways to learn that don’t cost anywhere near as much money as college or university. That said, if you are wanting to study at university level you could undertake something like a lean manufacturing degree online, which will cost a lot less money and you will be able to undertake the course with much more flexibility, fitting your studies around your life, rather than your life around your studies.
Now, let’s take a look at some alternatives:
YouTube has to be one of the greatest sources of “peer insight” education, meaning there are plenty of people that post videos where you can learn how to do things; from playing a particular song on the guitar to learning how to cook. It’s all free and quick to access.
If you want a more structured and credible source of information, you can visit sites like Udemy, Coursera or Creative Live to access professional courses created by subject experts for quite small amounts of money. Udemy, in particular, are often having sales where course prices are slashed from $200+ to just $10.
Not everything has to be online, and perhaps one of the best ways to learn is in person. In a time when money hadn’t been invented people would trade; for instance, someone might trade a sheep for twelve chickens. Similarly, the butcher might turn up to the blacksmith with some meat in return for metalwork.
Today, you can easily exchange skills with people, for instance, you could teach someone that doesn’t speak English natively to perfect their English in return for surf lessons, or web design tutorials.