« on: December 17, 2004, 08:47:30 PM »
Paid preparation helps. What you can't do on your own is ask questions to yourself. Sometimes books do not contain the answers. That is why classroom work is so helpful provided you have a good instructor.
The most effective way to learn something is in a structured, TESTED environment from professional instructors. Those who think "doing it on your own" is the best way are sorely mistaken.
No matter what you do on your own, chances are you would do better with someone elses input PLUS your own. There is a reason why UNIVERSITY is generally not done through CORRESPONDENCE. People learn better from those who know what they are talking about, and learn better in SOCIAL environments. You may not need to, but it is certainly not a hindrance.