Hello! My name is Nityesh and I recently joined Dataquest to drive our student success efforts. I’ll be focused on helping the student community and making it a place where students can find kinship and help.
I would like to say hello to all the self-learners reading this!
First of all, I would like to insist upon how brave you are. Teaching yourself X can be difficult, draining and frankly, quite a lonely process sometimes.
Second, don’t lose hope if you can’t seem to learn using traditional books and lectures. Not many people can teach themselves that way. Some people can only learn by engaging in more hands-on ways of teaching (including our CEO - @vik, me and many others on our team and in this community!).
This is where Dataquest can prove to be of tremendous help:
- Our interactive platform is designed to get you hands-on with what you’re learning as quickly as possible. All those crazy ideas that you want to test when you get in the zone while learning new things - you can take a stab at them instantly here.
- The Guided projects at the end of each course allow you to build one, big, exciting thing using the knowledge that you’ve just gained! I find them SO cool!!
Third, as you work on teaching yourself, don’t ignore the importance of keeping yourself motivated. I would suggest 3 systems that will help you learn X when your physical environment won’t —
- Make serious efforts to fall in love with X before you try to learn it
- Create and be in an environment that motivates you
- Incentivize yourself to push through the nitty-gritties of learning X
These are the systems that I personally use when I try to learn something new.
Make serious, conscious efforts to find reasons to become obsessed with X. Remember that you can turn, what is perhaps the most negative aspect of social media — an addictive and infinitely scrollable feed — and use it to your advantage. Also remember that building something that seems cool and interesting is a great way to trick yourself into learning X with dedication.
I’d love to hear your story - what brought you to Dataquest; what are your learning struggles and anything else that you want to share.
What can we do, not just to make Dataquest better, but to make you tell everyone about it?
Reply here and share it with the community or say hi anytime at
firstname.lastname@example.org or send me a personal message here!