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The Science of Self-Learning

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The Science of Self-Learning

How to Teach Yourself Anything, Learn More in Less Time, and Direct Your Own Education (Learning how to Learn)

Peter Hollins,

15 min read
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With the right tools and strategies you can teach yourself anything.

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  • Applicable
  • Well Structured
  • For Beginners


Traditional learning methods are losing traction in a rapidly changing world. In the 21st century, productive opportunities for self-learning abound. To succeed as a self-learner, you need discipline, motivation, and a clear strategy and plan. Best-selling author Peter Hollins’s guide sets up the reader for a self-learning journey by offering tools and strategies that make the process not only easier but more rewarding. His manual proves well-organized, easy to use as a reference and provides meaningful, illustrative examples. While Hollins writes for people with a growth mind-set, his guide remains an excellent companion for all learners in any discipline and across disciplines.


Self-learning offers many more benefits than traditional learning provides.

Education is about accreditation – jumping through institutional hoops to earn a piece of paper to prove you have the qualifications to do a job. But the internet enables learning about almost anything as self-education gains popularity. Becoming an “autodidact” – self-educator – requires discipline and strategy to be successful. Too often, people give up because they don’t know where to start or feel overwhelmed. You can overcome these obstacles.

To understand the benefits of self-learning, consider traditional learning’s downsides:

  • It is psychologically restrictive – You must always be “on” – devoting all your time to your subject.
  • It uses fear as a motivator – Traditional learning teaches that you have no future if you don’t get good grades.
  • It limits creativity  There is a “right” and a “wrong” way to tackle a subject.
  • It can make you close-minded – Schools promote social hierarchies and conformist thought and behavior.
  • It hinders...

About the Author

Bestseller Peter Hollins’s books include The Science of Self-Discipline; Make Lasting Changes; Brain Blunders; and Think Like da Vinci.

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    L. W. 1 year ago
    I love how learning is shown in such a positive way, even though it can be challenging at times.
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    J. B. getAbstract 1 year ago
    This is such a good and applicable read!