Learning a new skill can be hard, especially when you’re teaching yourself. But it’s also a vital part of growing as a designer throughout your career. In this episode we chat about how we teach ourselves new skills, the struggles we face, and how we deal with them.
When learning something new, you need a solid motivator so that you’ll make learning a priority. If that reason or motivation isn’t coming from an outside source you’ll have to give yourself one, and stick to it.
Online courses give structure to the learning process and a clear path to follow. It’s often more worthwhile to pay for a course than it is to learn by watching the odd tutorial from different sources.
Be aware of your learning style. If you learn best by doing, then make sure you’re taking the time to put what you learn into action so that the time you spend watching tutorial videos will be worthwhile.
Most importantly, allow yourself space to learn. Yes, you should hold yourself accountable, but you should also have patience. Learning takes time and you shouldn’t expect to be great at everything immediately.
00:30 – Intro & catch up
06:30 – Where do you start when you want to learn something new?
09:45 – Having motivation to learn a new skill
14:00 – The hardest part about learning a new skill
17:44 – Courses – are they effective?
21:06 – Courses we’ve taken
22:48 – How do you choose an online course?
26:40 – The hardest part of teaching yourself a new skill
29:30 – Messages from our listeners