It comes as not much of a surprise to many that in order to develop skills…you need to learn; self-study affords you the opportunity to learn on your pace and understand a subject wholly. It cuts off the urgency a classroom-like setting presents.
In a formal classroom, every student must engage in a race to perform to standards. Which is why most students prefer self study; it presents them with the opportunity to not only learn but understand the underlying concept of a subject, as well.
Although individual study gives you responsibility, it brings out in you hidden skills, skills you are unaware of. It is near impossible to tap into skills rarely utilized when in a hurry; self study affords you the time and opportunity to not only get to know yourself better but discover a hidden you, also.
It is important to know that anyone can write every which way and be understood by people from different spectrum – the well-educated and the uneducated. One can write short, simple, boring sentences and still be a good writer. But in order to be the best there is…one must aim higher.
You would have to look at what it is that makes some writers’ craft better and interesting than that of others, compare different types of sentences – declarative, exclamatory, imperative and interrogative, and determine which is better.
Every writer is an individual, good at something others are not; to be the best that you can, you would have to work hard to come up with a writing style you can call your own, as no two writers are the same.
Also true…is that trying to be what you are not is hard. You have to work your brains twice as hard in trying to emulate others as opposed to being yourself. Developing a writing style you can call your own gives you leverage, as it comes naturally to you.
It is well to say not everyone is good at numbers. Many pupils find it quite hard to know what they are good at, without realizing whatever it is they enjoy doing, is what they are good at. No one enjoys a subject they don’t completely understand.
You would have to answer simple questions to know what you are really good at: Am I good at math? Do I enjoy the subject more than others – English, history, science, biology, etc.? Do I solve math problems easily? Your answers to all of those questions will give you a clear picture of who you really are…
If it takes you hours you don’t have to solve a single math problem, then perhaps math is not your kind of thing. If it takes you minutes to understand math problems, then you are a mathematician.
It is not unusual to hear students say ‘I don’t know what I want to study, just because wanting and enjoying are two different aspects of the learning process. On the one hand, wanting is nothing more than trying; enjoying on the other hand, has everything to do with understanding.