Leaving School? Don’t Let That Stop You LearningPosted: 23rd of June 2015 by
If you are leaving school or college and looking for your next move you may feel that you have had enough of learning. At least, enough of the sort of learning you did in the classroom, and you may even be glad to see the back of some lessons, subjects, or maybe even teachers! There may be an overwhelming desire to burn your text-books in a sort of post-study ceremony, and never again look at anything remotely educational. That’s’ perfectly understandable after the years of effort and the feeling of release that comes with crossing the educational finish line, but it may be a little short-sighted. Instead, it might be time to reimagine learning as something that is now more personal to you than ever?
No longer are you forced to study subjects that you may not really enjoy, but that doesn’t mean you can’t continue to find interest in those you liked. Perhaps you enjoyed doing art? What’s to stop you from buying some supplies and continuing in your spare time? You might even want to concentrate on a particular area, maybe even taking an evening class!
If that all sounds a bit too much like school, then why not find other ways to keep learning?
Watch television programmes about interesting subjects – whether that means travel, history, or science – whatever you enjoy, let yourself keep taking in information. Perhaps you could subscribe to some podcasts and give yourself something new to learn that way? Also, if you can actively engage in something, such as history by visiting a museum or heritage site, then that can also keep learning interesting.
Your learning doesn’t have to be academic either. If you like to get involved in your learning then maybe a more hands-on experience would be better – from a training course to a full apprenticeship?
Learning doesn’t have to be like school, and when you are set free to study what you like, you may find that you really start to like your studies. Nothing yu enjoy feels like hard work, so try to make your learning something you can enjoy in your spare time – whether by reading a book about something that interests you, or using the media to entertain and inform you at the same time.
Indeed, it could be argued that school or college taught you more than just facts and figures, it taught you how to learn. From learning to read, to how to understand and process what you are told, there are plenty of skills that your education will have given you. Not forgetting social and communication skills, of course!
Rather than being an end to learning, leaving school or college offers you the chance to take that learning to a new level. It allows you to concentrate on the things you want, whether they are close to the subjects you were taught or not. Rather than being stuck in a classroom, you can take your learning with you – to an apprenticeship, your work, on holiday, or wherever else you can find new information to take in.
Most importantly, perhaps, is to make sure you take control of your learning –you may not have a teacher to help you make sense of the information, so be careful not to believe everything you are told. Instead, pay attention to different perspectives and ideas, so you are fully informed and can make up your own mind.
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