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Navigating Education

1.  Begin with the end in mind

2.  Be Proactive

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

Learning a Language 6

EFL Classroom 2.0 has a nice list of 50 Ways To Learn A Language (without a teacher).

Proactive Strategies
  1. Do a survey of a course before you take it, such as reading a general history on the topic or several Wikipedia articles on the topic.  This may include studying one of the many online university courses or other Top 20 Online resources such as the Khan Academy.  This might also include studying an audio/visual course on the topic from your library or from The Great Courses Company (when on sale).  These surveys give you a scaffolding in which to put particular facts.

  2. Get off to a good start also by reading part of the textbook or the reading list before starting the course.  

  3. For AP Courses, review the course descriptions at www.apcentral.collegeboard.com and use review books or apps.

  4. Develop and use flashcards from a site such as Quizlet and possibly a flashcard app for that topic.

  5. Use study guides such as SparkNotes and review articles such as the Sunday Book Review from the New York Times.

  6. Seek out a mentor or study group (without plagiarism) and ask questions.

  7. Like Clint Eastwood in a gunfight, you want an edge. You want the sun at your back.
Learning a Language 1
Use the Top20 sites for a language to understand basic alphabet or characters and elementary grammar.
Learning a Language 2
To prepare for a language course learn to read, write and pronounce 200 words.  That is 10 words a day for 20 days.  Quizlet has word lists, or you can create your own flash cards at Quizlet.  One has to know about 500 words to be somewhat conversational. One has to be able to actively use 2000 words to speak a language and native language speakers use about 10,000 words.
Learning a Language 3
Use Google Translate to create and then translate and listen to sentences.  Google translate can also be used to translate texts either to or from English. The translation of texts, however, is sometimes not entirely accurate or reliable.
Learning a Language 4
Search Top20Languages for open courses.

See Open Culture -- 300 Free Language Lessons
Learning a Language 5

Use Google Input Tools to type characters from other languages with Google