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  1. Very true and very well said. I’ve long been a fan of ‘learning by doing’ which on the web seems to be the only way of learning! Great post.

  2. I guess it’s the classic case as well of you can’t do anything well without practising. Whether it be a sport, musical instrument or web design.

    I’m definitely in the boat of having learnt WordPress because I ‘had to’. I had a site that was designed for me and used WordPress, so when I wanted to change something I had to learn how to do it myself. Another thing that this brings is that you find a lot of places online where you know you can get answers when you need them, or code snippets etc.

    If you had to do this with one programming language, and then needed to try and do something with another programming language, you’re going to be in a better place for having learnt yourself, rather than having learnt the first one from a book.

    I’m a foreign language student, and we’re always told that one of the biggest things we learn while studying, is how to learn other languages.

    1. Yeah – I totally understand this. My electronics teacher at school (many years ago now! :S) always used to say that:

      “Your brain is a muscle, if you don’t use it it will grow flabby and weak”

      That doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be learning non-stop but learning anything (or reading, or thinking, or being creative) keeps you interested and keeps your mind ticking over.

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  4. ‘I learnt web design to show off my digital art, and then discovered I was better at web dev than I was at art. A shame but it gave me a direction.’

    Thats me in a nutshell 🙂 great post mate

  5. Interesting article. Are many 3rd level courses/degrees in the UK too long? My experience of 3rd level ed. is similar to others: a lot of time spent doing not-a-lot. Wouldn´t miss the enjoyment factor of 3rd level ed. for anything. But 3 yrs was a long time (can enjoy oneself, too, travelling, whatever). In hindsight would like to have done a practical course (lasting one year), then another year travelling / working abroad (nothing to strenuous), and then the third year getting down to some practical work – learning-on-the-job, so-to-speak – rather than the three years spent on an arts course that was mildly interesting, but way too long, and not that useful ..

    1. Personally I found my degree really interesting and helpful. The degree itself didn’t teach me a huge amount, the benefit I received was mostly through opportunity. Being given the chance to work on fantastic hardware, with top of the line software surrounded by talented like minded individuals was one of the best times of my life. It helped that I chose a course that was very broad and covered many disciplines that I was interested in.

      I didn’t have any placement work but that didn’t really bother me, I did get some design jobs during the summer holidays (via my connections at Uni), and for me it all worked out really well.

      One thing uni did teach me was simply what this post is about. University is where I learnt to learn. The lecturers pointed me in the right direction and then it was down to me to take things to the next level.

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