Ten Examples of Personal Self-Education Plans

Our job as homeschoolers isn’t just to help our kids learn – we have to set the example too. Kids who grow up in households that value learning are much more likely to value learning themselves, and for a lifetime. We have to teach them that there is no such thing as graduation. We humans are way too smart for our own good, so we need constant reminders of how much we don’t know to stay in balance. Plus, how are we going to solve the world’s problems without pushing ourselves to get better?

There is something to be said for free-range learning, picking and choosing the next book, website, documentary or course as it catches our interest, leading to serendipitous discoveries. But serious self-education calls for a bit of serious planning. Instead of picking books willy-nilly from the library, make your own learning plan, just like you would for your kids.

This is something I’m working on for myself. As I mentioned in my last post, I’ll be using my other blog to write about what I learn as I pursue my own studies. But I don’t have it all figured out yet. I would love to add a forum to this site where readers can post their own or their kids’ learning plans. There are lots of websites with lists of resources for self-education. Try lifehacker and selfmadescholar for starters. But I had a harder time finding examples of personal learning plans.

To give you an idea of the diversity, here’s a list of 10 personal learning plans I found:

  1. Well Trained Mind Forum
  2. Gary Schroeder’s plan for a self-made MBA
  3. A plan to teach yourself film directing
  4. A homeschooling mom’s plan
  5. Another homeschooling mom’s plan
  6. A book lover’s plan
  7. A science lover’s plan
  8. Autodidact 101
  9. Teach yourself graphic design planĀ 
  10. Self-University

I’m actually surprised I didn’t find more. There were lots of helpful lists of suggested resources, and many book lover sites where people posted the books they want to read, but not many individual plans, as in “Here’s what I’m going to learn . . .” Maybe I didn’t look in the right places.

So, if you have a learning plan, send me an email at JamieMcMillin@legendarylearningnow.com and I’ll post it here. As soon as I have mine sketched out, I’ll post it here too.

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3 Responses

  1. Vera says:

    Hi Jamie,
    Thanks for mentioning my article!

    As for other examples,

    1) There is a Listmania section on Amazon.com and its local versions. You can find reading lists for different professions there.

    2) Popular niche bloggers (or even industry magazines) often have a page or article like “Recommended Books”, Recommended Reading, “Books that changed my life”/which influenced me the most, etc.
    And their readers use these lists as guides.
    If you see the person who actually achieved a lot in the topic you are interested in, you trust their recommendations.
    The term “learning plan”/”self-education plan’ isn’t used because it’s too official, sounds mundane, no-fun, etc.

    3) I know about http://www.des-livres-pour-changer-de-vie.fr/ (“books to change your life”). It started as a project of reading and reviewing (including chapters summary) one book per week from the Personal MBA list, http://personalmba.com/best-business-books/

    There is an English-language interview with Olivier, http://www.entrepreneurs-journey.com/4035/olivier-roland-french-blogger/

    • Jamie McMillin says:

      Hi Vera,
      Thanks for the extra resources. I agree that the term “learning plan” sounds too official. How sad is that? I’ll have to think of a better name.

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