Trying to explain things through a written medium is difficult, and here at TYS we understand that it’s not for everyone. That is why we have come up with a list of resources that you can use to guide you through your adventure in to becoming self taught. If you have any suggestions that might be helpful, feel free to send us an email. We’ll have to review it and use it for a while before we update it on here, but if it’s any good, we’ll include it.
#1- Khan Academy
I would be a bold faced liar if I didn’t say that this website was largely inspired by Sal Khan and his project to educate the world. Here you will find short videos (Around 10 minutes for the longer ones) that explain concepts relating to a broad spectrum of topics. From chemistry and physics, to economics and even history, you are sure to find what you’re looking for here.
These Youtube based videos allow you to get a broad overview of many different topics. They are presented by a handful of individuals and help to present information along side fun animations. While you won’t get in to details in any one topic, they do help to understand key points that you can use to catapult you in to the world of self teaching.
Not all of the resources on this list are going to revolve around other people teaching you things. Sometimes you just need a resource that will allow you to create your own learning tools. That’s where Quizlet comes in handy. This digital note card website allows you to create your own sets of note cards with fully customizable terms and pictures (you can even upload your own pictures if you upgrade to their premium plan.) What’s even better is that you can create your own classes and invite fellow students to add their own sets.
We encourage the use of this service heavily on this site, because there is no better way to learn terms and some concepts. As I have written about before, hand written notes have been shown to have a more positive effect on learning, but I’ve never been presented with an article that takes in to account the repetition that you get when you click the “Learn” function on Quizlet. Using that function you can easily run through hundreds of terms in just a couple of hours. Try it, you can thank us later.
#4- Science Geek
A great resource if you want to tackle content in a different way, as well as giving you practice problems to work on.