Tuesday, 29 March 2022

Advice

Anyone can give advice, but unfortunately a lot of it is bad advice.

In ths day and age of the Internet everyone is an expert, or so they think. Disinformation and fake news isn’t just restricted to Facebook and twitter, it also appears in the online educational sector. Whether it’s pure amateurs on YouTube showing you wrongly how to do stuff, or “tutors” on Udemy or Skillshare who think that because they can teach one subject, they can teach any subject.


A lot of it is rubbish and can send you off in the wrong direction trying to learn what you want to learn, or even worse cause you to give up.


Don’t get me wrong there is some marvellous stuff out there and many real experts who can teach in a day what others take months to teach. I have read numerous comments on Youtube with users saying that one 5 minute video has taught them more than they learned in 2 years of college.

Okay, so the sceptic in me says that won’t be 100% true, but it is also right.

The problem with traditional teaching methods is that although they are tried and tested, that takes time, and when you are talking about anything technological, it normally means it is also outdated.

And then we come back to the wannabe experts who are just teaching crap.

So, how does one find the correct advice and a happy balance? Well, the good news is that in this day and age of everything coming in bite-size chunks, you don’t have to spend too long wading through the crap to find the nuggets of gold. I personally hate anything that is too long-winded or even depressing. I want instant results, or at least to see progress. So, to be told that I have to create 10000 bad drawings before I can create a good one was probably the most depressing and off-putting thing I heard when starting on my journey into learning to draw. It may have been good advice in the days when there were fewer distractions, but in this day and age of tv, video games, Facebook, computers, and the Internet in general, who wants to hear that? We want to have our cake and be able to eat it. Everything in bite-size chunks, just long enough to teach us something and show us some instant result. And, it is out there. We just have to find it.

So, my advice is this. Get searching until you find something that works for you. Even if it’s taught by a ten-year-old. Whatever works for someone else may not work for you. Find what works for you and mostly listen to your own advice, and take everyone else's with a pinch of salt.

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